Honda adds benefits for same-sex partners
Automotive News | March 10, 2008 - 12:01 am EST
LOS ANGELES — Honda Motor Co. has agreed to offer employee benefits to same-sex partners at its U.S. operations.
Partners of its gay employees will be eligible for the same benefits as the spouses of legally married employees, said Honda spokesman Jeffrey Smith.
Honda and Acura were among only five auto brands in this country not offering benefits to the partners of gay employees, according to the automotive Web site www.gaywheels.com.
"This change clearly supports our ongoing diversity interests," Smith said. "It is Honda's philosophy to respect individuals."
The program initially represents employees at four of Honda's U.S. operations but will be extended to all 26,000 U.S. employees in 12 to 24 months, Smith said.
Employees now eligible are at American Honda Motor Co. Inc. and Honda R&D Americas Inc. in Torrance Calif.; Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC in Lincoln, Ala.; and Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing Inc. in Swepsonville, N.C.
Smith said the program was not rolled out to all employees at the same time because of the "complex structure" of the Honda organization. "But this will be a U.S.-wide program," he said.
Gaywheels.com Publisher Joe LaMuraglia said "it's a great step" for Honda. He is looking forward to the program being rolled out to all Honda employees.
Once Honda and Acura roll out the program nationwide, LaMuraglia says, Hyundai, Kia and Suzuki will be the only brands that do not have benefits programs for all gay employees in this country.
I wish it were over.If I may just say...as a gay man...the AFA needs to focus their attention on more important concerns...like the alarmingly increasing rate of heterosexual families that are falling apart!
I am glad that this annoying mess is finally over and am still very passionate in my support of Ford Motor and the other manufacturers that are open in supporting those who live an alternative lifestyle and their families.
As for interest groups like the AFA...there are far more interests groups than American's have interest for.
I think former Pennsylvania Senator ( I love writing "former" next his name) Said that Gay people were a threat to the American family.
How? Why does my choice to not have a family in any way harm those that do?
I agree with you, Basically, Car companies should not be forced to cater to one group at the expense of the other. A Car will carry anyone who can sit in it.. why should Ford have to choose between one group or the other?My apologizes. Didn't mean to get too wound up