Following statements by the United Parcel Service that it would not be offering same-sex couples registered in civil unions in New Jersey the same benefits as married couples because the company’s policies follow federal (and not state) law, Governor Jon Corzine has asked UPS to change its policies.
Corzine said, in a letter: “Surely, as a company with a long-standing commitment to its employees and the community, UPS would not want to make its employees and their families face these difficult choices based on the subtleties of the interaction of federal and state law.”
The governor’s efforts were praised by Lambda Legal. Said attorney David Buckel: “It’s quite a governor who reaches out to help a couple families like this. We don’t know if we’ll get a letter from the governor for each family and each company.”
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