NEW YORK -- Exxon Mobil Corp. said Friday that it will begin offering benefits to legally married same-sex couples in the U.S. for the first time starting next week.
The 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.
Exxon, which is facing a same-sex discrimination lawsuit in Illinois, said it was following the lead of the U.S. government. "We haven’t changed our eligibility criteria. It has always been to follow the federal definition and it will continue to follow the federal definition," said Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers in an interview.
Jeffers said the company offers benefits to same-sex couples in 30 countries, consistent with local laws.