Exxon says it will begin offering benefits to legally married same-sex couples in the U.S. for the first time as of Jan. 1.
The Irving-based company says it will recognize "all legal marriages" when it determines eligibility for health care plans for the company's 77,000 employees and retirees in the U.S.
That means if a gay employee has been married in a state or country where gay marriage is legal, his or her spouse will be eligible for benefits with the company starting next year.
Exxon Mobil Corp., which is facing a same-sex discrimination lawsuit in Illinois, said Friday it was following the lead of the U.S. government. Federal agencies have begun to offer benefits to legally-married same sex couples in recent months.
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