Publix, a southern grocery chain, is now offering same-sex marriage benefits to its employees who are legally married anywhere that same-sex marriages are legal, regardless of the associates’ state of residence. The new rule began January 1.
Georgia resident Terrence Cox, a self-described “same gender loving,” man thinks this move is “fantastic,” though a little late.
“I work for a company based in California, the San Francisco area, and they have those benefits, my God that probably dates back to the 90s,” he said. “Welcome to the current times. Why should someone have to suffer because of who they marry?”
Until now, Publix wasn’t offering any insurance benefits for same-sex couples whether they were legally married or not.
“The majority of the total Fortune 500 – 66 percent – offer equivalent medical benefits between spouses and partners,” according to the Human Rights Campaign.
The grocery store chain owns 1,095 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
East Lake resident Jeff Kane is happy with the change because any change is making a difference.
“It’s taking time for corporate America to come around and change their policies, but I think it’s becoming increasingly more competitive for our dollars and to be inclusive, so I think it’s a great thing.”