Walmart Will Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

What's Hot


5 Reasons to Shop for a Home in DecemberFamily

Shoppers Boycott Businesses Selling Trump-Branded ProductsBusiness

Giving Thanks: Why Foreigners Find America AmazingAround The House

Why Washing Your Turkey Can Make You IllFamily

50 Best Gifts Under $25 for Everyone on Your ListFamily

Pay $2 and Get Unlimited Wendy’s Frosty Treats in 2017Family

What the Richest 1 Percent Earns in Every StateFamily

10 Ways to Retire Earlier Than Friends on the Same SalaryGrow

The 10 Best Ways to Blow Your MoneyCredit & Debt

7 Foods That Can Lengthen Your LifeFamily

The 50 Hottest Toys of the Past 50 YearsFamily

New Email Phishing Scam Targets Amazon ShoppersMore

7 Government Freebies You Can Get TodayFamily

Starting next year, full-time Walmart employees can acquire health coverage for their same-sex partners.

Walmart will step into line with most of America’s biggest companies by offering health insurance to same-sex partners of employees next year.

Among Fortune 500 companies, 62 percent already offer health benefits for domestic partners, Reuters says. Walmart announced the change to employees ahead of an enrollment period that begins in October. To qualify, employees’ partners must either be legal spouses or domestic partners in an exclusive relationship for at least a year.

Walmart employs more Americans than anyone except the federal government, and more than half of its 1.3 million workers get health care through the company, Reuters says. Worldwide, the total number of employees comes closer to 2.2 million, the Arkansas Times says, and as many as 88,000 are estimated to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The company has a mixed record on gay rights. CEO Mike Duke supported an anti-gay adoption measure in Arkansas. Walmart joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in 2007, the Arkansas Times says. But it quickly backed out when a group called the Christian American Family Association threatened a Black Friday boycott. The company’s foundation makes donations to gay organizations including SAGE, Out & Equal, and the LGBT Bar Association.

Does this change your opinion of Walmart at all? Same-sex benefits don’t really change its pay issues or ability to keep shelves stocked. Let us know what you think on Facebook.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: 15 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,807 more deals!