General Motors has extended benefits to the same-gender spouses of its employees that are married in one of the 14 states where gay marriage is legal, even if the pair do not currently reside in that state. The new policy allows the employee to name a same-sex spouse as a dependent for tax purposes, to name them as a beneficiary of savings plans, the ability to choose surviving spouse benefits as part of a pension plan and add them for healthcare coverage.
Existing benefits plans for people involved in domestic partnerships will remain unchanged.
The move follows fellow Detroit automakers Chrysler and Ford, who also offer benefits for employees in same-sex marriages. The Detroit three automakers scored perfectly on the Human Rights Commissions 2013 Corporate Equality Index in 2013, according to The Detroit Free Press.