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2013-09-30 08:48:04 AM
Nicely done, subby
 
2013-09-30 08:54:56 AM
Deep, deep drilling.  Until you hit the "prostate layer."
 
2013-09-30 08:59:14 AM
just wait until Rick Perry hears about this!
 
2013-09-30 09:00:13 AM
Nice headline, subby.
 
2013-09-30 09:03:29 AM

HexMadroom: just wait until Rick Perry hears about this!




Before, it was a decision to become a lumberjack or a roustabout when he retires. Now it's clear.
 
2013-09-30 09:04:37 AM
Right when I thought I couldn't love Exxon Mobil any more they go and do shiat like this! Bravo!
 
2013-09-30 09:10:10 AM
about damn time.
 
2013-09-30 09:10:34 AM
assets0.ordienetworks.com
 
2013-09-30 09:11:32 AM
This actually surprises me a lot. I made a lot of assumptions about their policies based on my opinions of Texas and my perceptions of people involved in the petroleum industry.

They may only be doing it to improve their public image, but that doesn't detract from the fact that they're still doing it.
 
2013-09-30 09:13:53 AM
images.wikia.com

A round of applause for Subby; I lol'd

It makes perfect sense for Exxon-Mobil to recognize same-sex couples since the oil industry has been butt-farking us for years.
 
2013-09-30 09:16:28 AM

Pangea: This actually surprises me a lot. I made a lot of assumptions about their policies based on my opinions of Texas and my perceptions of people involved in the petroleum industry.

They may only be doing it to improve their public image, but that doesn't detract from the fact that they're still doing it.


Yeah, I guess if you do the right thing for the wrong reasons, you're still doing the right thing.
 
2013-09-30 09:25:12 AM
What are the details of the discrimination lawsuit? Did the woman say she was a lesbian during the interview? Was this information found on Facebook? Never give out personal information that can be used against you.
Am I gay or straight? It doesnt matter and it shouldn't be posted publicly. This is also why I don't have a Facebook account. Sexual orientation and relationship status should not be public knowledge.
 
2013-09-30 09:25:36 AM
Great headline, subby.
 
M-G
2013-09-30 09:46:25 AM
So they're doing it for legally gay-married couples.  So their gay employees in the South are pretty much still SOL.
 
2013-09-30 09:49:59 AM

DubyaHater: What are the details of the discrimination lawsuit? Did the woman say she was a lesbian during the interview? Was this information found on Facebook? Never give out personal information that can be used against you.
Am I gay or straight? It doesnt matter and it shouldn't be posted publicly. This is also why I don't have a Facebook account. Sexual orientation and relationship status should not be public knowledge.


I wish that were realistic, but it's not. Think about an actual office, co workers getting together after work, talking about their life, maybe a significant other comes along. I'd like to see the day were it's not a big deal or all that weird (it'll always be a little weird) when someone does the same things straight people do like this and it's just casual and WONT GET YOU FARKIN FIRED OR HARASSED AT WORK
 
2013-09-30 10:02:33 AM
Good for them.

I might think about filling up at Exxon sometime in the future. Probably won't, because I've had a good run of not buying Exxon... but I'd think about it. Maybe buy something non-petroleum from the Tiger Mart.
 
2013-09-30 10:05:55 AM
But the only thing this type of drilling produces is mud.
 
2013-09-30 10:15:17 AM
How long before some televangilist/Fox reporter calls them out to be really Satan?
/then, the follow-up of their 'mysterious' death...
 
2013-09-30 10:21:21 AM
Ace! Subby
Game set and match.
 
2013-09-30 10:37:38 AM

DubyaHater: Sexual orientation and relationship status should not be public knowledge.


So, no more engagement/marriage announcements, no more wedding bands, no more shared accounts? Should I wear a mask if I have to pick up my kid at school?

Sexual orientation and relationship status should not be grounds for discrimination. Not public knowledge? That's just goofy.
 
2013-09-30 10:40:47 AM

Panatheist: DubyaHater: What are the details of the discrimination lawsuit? Did the woman say she was a lesbian during the interview? Was this information found on Facebook? Never give out personal information that can be used against you.
Am I gay or straight? It doesnt matter and it shouldn't be posted publicly. This is also why I don't have a Facebook account. Sexual orientation and relationship status should not be public knowledge.

I wish that were realistic, but it's not. Think about an actual office, co workers getting together after work, talking about their life, maybe a significant other comes along. I'd like to see the day were it's not a big deal or all that weird (it'll always be a little weird

for me) when someone does the same things straight people do like this and it's just casual and WONT GET YOU FARKIN FIRED OR HARASSED AT WORK

FTFY.
 
2013-09-30 10:41:22 AM
Pre-merger, Exxon actually used to be fairly generous (for the time) when it came to same sex couples.  When the merger went through, Mobil got to dictate most of the policy there, and unfortunately it made their policies pretty draconian.  Nice to see them heading back in the right direction.
 
2013-09-30 10:46:33 AM
Is this even news anymore?

Well it was a good headline at least.

DRILL BABY DRILL!
 
2013-09-30 10:47:29 AM

jfarkinB: Should I wear a mask if I have to pick up my kid at school?


You don't already?  I've found that it's one of the best ways to truly embarrass your offspring.  Cartoon animal masks works very well for this purpose.
 
2013-09-30 10:52:37 AM

jfarkinB: DubyaHater: Sexual orientation and relationship status should not be public knowledge.

So, no more engagement/marriage announcements, no more wedding bands, no more shared accounts? Should I wear a mask if I have to pick up my kid at school?

Sexual orientation and relationship status should not be grounds for discrimination. Not public knowledge? That's just goofy.


Sexual orientation will always be grounds for discrimination.  Employers will just find some other stupid excuse to fire someone.  I've seen it happen.
Wedding announcements are fine.....to the people that matter.  Posting engagement pictures on Facebook so the brother of your best friend from 3rd grade can see it means too much information is getting out.
My relationship status has always been kept secret from co-workers and employers.  It is nobody's business except family and close friends.  I closed my Facebook account for this reason.
 
2013-09-30 10:52:41 AM
It's amazing that Valdez companies are starting to sense the changing tides of public opinion.
 
2013-09-30 10:52:49 AM
Subby wins internet award today!

Go have a beer, you deserve it!
 
2013-09-30 10:53:05 AM
$5.39 for regular?  And what idiot put the 3 upside-down?
 
2013-09-30 10:56:30 AM

DubyaHater: jfarkinB: DubyaHater: Sexual orientation and relationship status should not be public knowledge.

So, no more engagement/marriage announcements, no more wedding bands, no more shared accounts? Should I wear a mask if I have to pick up my kid at school?

Sexual orientation and relationship status should not be grounds for discrimination. Not public knowledge? That's just goofy.

Sexual orientation will always be grounds for discrimination.  Employers will just find some other stupid excuse to fire someone.  I've seen it happen.
Wedding announcements are fine.....to the people that matter.  Posting engagement pictures on Facebook so the brother of your best friend from 3rd grade can see it means too much information is getting out.
My relationship status has always been kept secret from co-workers and employers.  It is nobody's business except family and close friends.  I closed my Facebook account for this reason.


Sad, but true. Esp in "Right to work" states like Texas. I dont blame you at all for closing your FB account.
 
2013-09-30 10:57:55 AM

BitwiseShift: HexMadroom: just wait until Rick Perry hears about this!

Before, it was a decision to become a lumberjack or a roustabout when he retires. Now it's clear.


Indeed -- there's nothing more thoroughly heterosexual than a lumberjack:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZa26_esLBE
 
2013-09-30 11:00:13 AM

jshine: BitwiseShift: HexMadroom: just wait until Rick Perry hears about this!

Before, it was a decision to become a lumberjack or a roustabout when he retires. Now it's clear.

Indeed -- there's nothing more thoroughly heterosexual than a lumberjack:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZa26_esLBE


Damn you for that CLASSIC earworm, lol!
 
2013-09-30 11:03:33 AM
a feel good drop in the bucket from a profit monger that rapes the earth and laughs while doing so. they will continue to not receive my business or my coin. the only real vote a 'murican has is with the wallet.
 
2013-09-30 11:11:19 AM

KrispyKritter: a feel good drop in the bucket from a profit monger that rapes the earth and laughs while doing so. they will continue to not receive my business or my coin. the only real vote a 'murican has is with the wallet.


Oil is a fungible commodity, you really can't boycott any particular oil company, since it all goes into and comes out of the same pool.  The only way to deny them your money is to not drive (or drive less), not use any form of transit that relies on petroleum (i.e., pretty much just electric trains powered by nuclear power), and not use plastics or other synthetic chemicals/materials.  It's nearly impossible.  The keyboard you're typing on is made from oil.
 
2013-09-30 11:13:58 AM

KrispyKritter: a feel good drop in the bucket from a profit monger that rapes the earth and laughs while doing so. they will continue to not receive my business or my coin. the only real vote a 'murican has is with the wallet.


dilbert.com
 
2013-09-30 11:28:23 AM
+1 subby!
 
2013-09-30 11:47:11 AM
A lot of companies have been doing that lately.  The company I work for started doing it very recently, not only extending benefits to married same-sex couples, but also to same-sex domestic partners.

Overall I think it's just an understanding of which way the wind is blowing.  Some of them are doing it because they know it'll be a net positive in publicity or know that in the long term any company that refuses to recognize same-sex couples will be in as much financial (and legal) trouble as companies that refuse the recognize interracial marriages.  Others might of wanted to do it in the past, or were at least open to the idea, but were fearful of a consumer backlash (but no longer are after support for same-sex marriage crossed the 50% threshold).
 
2013-09-30 11:55:10 AM
Radak:Pre-merger, Exxon actually used to be fairly generous (for the time) when it came to same sex couples.  When the merger went through, Mobil got to dictate most of the policy there, and unfortunately it made their policies pretty draconian.  Nice to see them heading back in the right direction.


No, you actually have that backwards.  MOBIL offered same sex couple benefits.  EXXON did not.  After the "merger" (i.e. after Exxon bought Mobil) they grandfathered in benefits to any same sex couples that had them from Mobil, but did not extend them to anyone else.

ExxonMobil is not "headed in any direction".  They are simply reacting to the recent U.S Supreme Court ruling that said legally married same sex couples had the same right to benefits as straight couples for Federal purposes.  Once the Feds added "legally married same sex couples" to the legal definition of "marriage and spouse" in the US, ExxonMobil had no choice but to honor that definition.

In their press release they said that they already extended benefits to same sex couples in 30 other countries around the world where it is required by law.  (They have for a long time.)  They are not being benevolent.  They did not have a change of heart.  They are actually being very consistent.  They have always said they follow the laws of the countries in which the operate, on a country by country basis.
 
2013-09-30 11:59:04 AM
 Well there goes the conservative love affair with oil companies.
 
2013-09-30 12:14:24 PM
No surprise there. They have been doing it to consumers for decades.
 
2013-09-30 12:15:43 PM

HypnozombieX:  Well there goes the conservative love affair with oil companies.


Nah, "damn evil libbie lib socialists forcing good, honest, small business job creators to cripple themselves serving a small group that choose to be prime examples of depravity and the destruction of American vales."
 
2013-09-30 12:28:38 PM
Shameless self-promotion move

i141.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-30 04:03:51 PM

DubyaHater: Sexual orientation will always be grounds for discrimination.  Employers will just find some other stupid excuse to fire someone.  I've seen it happen.
Wedding announcements are fine.....to the people that matter.  Posting engagement pictures on Facebook so the brother of your best friend from 3rd grade can see it means too much information is getting out.
My relationship status has always been kept secret from co-workers and employers.  It is nobody's business except family and close friends.  I closed my Facebook account for this reason.


You must be a complete joy to work with.

/gay
//and my co-workers know it
///go fark yourself
 
2013-09-30 04:06:29 PM

Non-evil Monkey: A lot of companies have been doing that lately.  The company I work for started doing it very recently, not only extending benefits to married same-sex couples, but also to same-sex domestic partners.

Overall I think it's just an understanding of which way the wind is blowing.  Some of them are doing it because they know it'll be a net positive in publicity or know that in the long term any company that refuses to recognize same-sex couples will be in as much financial (and legal) trouble as companies that refuse the recognize interracial marriages.  Others might of wanted to do it in the past, or were at least open to the idea, but were fearful of a consumer backlash (but no longer are after support for same-sex marriage crossed the 50% threshold).


As more and more states legalize marriage what you will see is that companies will move away from offering benefits to same sex domestic partners and insist that you get married.  Which is completely fine.
 
2013-09-30 04:15:05 PM
Under Obamacare, only homogheys will have health insurance.
 
2013-09-30 04:38:09 PM

gingerjet: DubyaHater: Sexual orientation will always be grounds for discrimination.  Employers will just find some other stupid excuse to fire someone.  I've seen it happen.
Wedding announcements are fine.....to the people that matter.  Posting engagement pictures on Facebook so the brother of your best friend from 3rd grade can see it means too much information is getting out.
My relationship status has always been kept secret from co-workers and employers.  It is nobody's business except family and close friends.  I closed my Facebook account for this reason.

You must be a complete joy to work with.

/gay
//and my co-workers know it
///go fark yourself


Do you need a nap? You're a little cranky.
I'm sure when you work in a city like Minneapolis, you tend to find more progressive liberals who are accepting.
Try living in Roanoke, VA and you'll see what I mean. When I first came here, I was 33 and single. I'm sure you can imagine what was being said about me. When one of my co-workers saw me out with a girl one night, they were more accepting of me.
I have a new colleague working with me. He's 37 and single. Can you guess what subject of the rumors? Several people have asked me if he's gay. The farking boss has asked me. My response is "what's the difference if he is".
/I am just fine to work with
//the is a professional me and a personal me.
///I keep them separate.
////you sound a little difficult to work with though
 
2013-09-30 06:59:48 PM

DubyaHater: gingerjet: DubyaHater: Sexual orientation will always be grounds for discrimination.  Employers will just find some other stupid excuse to fire someone.  I've seen it happen.
Wedding announcements are fine.....to the people that matter.  Posting engagement pictures on Facebook so the brother of your best friend from 3rd grade can see it means too much information is getting out.
My relationship status has always been kept secret from co-workers and employers.  It is nobody's business except family and close friends.  I closed my Facebook account for this reason.

You must be a complete joy to work with.

/gay
//and my co-workers know it
///go fark yourself

Do you need a nap? You're a little cranky.
I'm sure when you work in a city like Minneapolis, you tend to find more progressive liberals who are accepting.
Try living in Roanoke, VA and you'll see what I mean. When I first came here, I was 33 and single. I'm sure you can imagine what was being said about me. When one of my co-workers saw me out with a girl one night, they were more accepting of me.
I have a new colleague working with me. He's 37 and single. Can you guess what subject of the rumors? Several people have asked me if he's gay. The farking boss has asked me. My response is "what's the difference if he is".
/I am just fine to work with
//the is a professional me and a personal me.
///I keep them separate.
////you sound a little difficult to work with though


You should be glad there are gays screaming from the roof tops and pounding down doors so that all LGBT people -- even those who prefer extra discretion such as yourself -- are now afforded more rights than in the past. Straight friends often ask me why gay pride parades are so over the top. They actually used to have silent "stand-ins" where gay men and women would dress-up and simply silently protest. But I bet you've never heard of that.

Here's a picture:

4.bp.blogspot.com

That's from the "Annual Reminder" in 1965. In fact, gay rights are becoming more common because of people coming out publicly. That was the entire point of Gay Liberation.

Maybe you should be thanking gingerjet, who does not live in some kind of gay mecca, and has shared on this website struggles overcome in a way that has hopefully, in some small sense, made the world slightly easier for all of us, or maybe the next generation to come along.

Conservatives are right when they say we are shoving gay rights down America's throat. We are also attempting to bludgeon people with gay rights until we have full, equal status under the law and can marry in all 50 states. Once that is in place, we will remain vigilant of any push back against our rights. The numbers show we will succeed. There is still work to be done and, sadly, blood to be shed whether in the form of hate crimes against us or the sinister bullying that is tolerated in our schools.
 
2013-09-30 07:55:22 PM
Now that most American corporations are taking aggressive cost saving measures, are there any meaningful benefits left?
 
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