Target: Delta Airlines CEO, Richard H. Anderson
Goal: Thank Delta Airlines for covering healthcare-related taxes of same-sex employees whose domestic partners are enrolled in the company’s health plan.
Delta Airlines announced recently that it would be assuming the tax burden for employees who cover same-sex domestic partners on their healthcare plans. This will help the disparity in the cost of health care coverage in marriages that are legally recognized compared to marriages that are not legally recognized by certain states.
Delta Airlines is the first of the major airlines to take on the extra taxes that gay employees have to pay for the same health care coverage as heterosexual couples. Gay marriage is currently legal in 37 states and Georgia, where Delta’s headquarters are, is not one of them. The United States Supreme Court will soon hear arguments on whether same-sex marriage bans should be constitutional or not, and amidst this national debate, Delta is making sure that it is taking care of its employees and spreading equality.
Delta Airlines has been very outspoken on marriage equality and has participated in writing a brief to the Supreme Court in its support. Delta has also been a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community in the past and extends its health care benefits to domestic partners of their employees that include dental and life insurance, pensions, and flight benefits.
It is truly inspiring to see a major company work hard to embrace same-sex relationships and encourage equality, despite being located in a state where this is discouraged. Please sign the petition below and thank Delta Airlines for its continued efforts in spreading equality for same-sex relationships.
Dear Mr. Richard H. Anderson,
I would like to thank you for covering the tax burden relating to health care plans for your employees with same-sex domestic partners. Being the first carrier to do this is inspiring and your company will benefit from taking this supportive stance.
It is unfortunate that Georgia, the state that Delta is based in, is still one of the 13 states that does not legally recognize same-sex marriages. Delta’s strong support for marriage equality makes a statement and its support for the LGBTQ community will hopefully convince others to support this basic human rights cause.
Shouldering the tax burden for same-sex employees is one of the many progressive stances Delta Airlines has taken. As an underwriter for the GLAAD Media Awards and the founders of the Delta Employee Equality Network, your dedication to equality is outstanding. Please continue your efforts to promote change.
[Your Name Here]
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