Google sets new standard for corporate equality

Sure, we’re worth it. But headlines make it sound like Google is simply compensating their gay and lesbian employees for being more fabulous.

Google announced it will offset a tax liability same-sex couples incur that opposite-sex couples do not, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

When a company offers domestic partnership benefits, those perks — such as health insurance for a partner — are taxable as income.

When I looked at the cost of going on my domestic partner’s health insurance, it would have been more expensive than buying a policy for myself as an individual. The domestic partner “benefit” amounted to an almost $200-per-month penalty.

Google is doing something about it. The company is paying the tax penalty incurred by gay and lesbian employees by increasing their compensation.

—  David Taffet