Exxon Mobil Rejects Pro-Gay Policy Again

Just 22% of shareholders voted in favor of amending the nondiscrimination policy.

BY Michelle Garcia

May 26 2010 6:15 PM ET

ExxonMobil looks to be moving further away from adding sexual orientation to the company's nondiscrimination policy. Just 22% of shareholders voted in favor of amending the nondiscrimination policy at this year's annual meeting. In 2009, 40% supported the addition, according to the Dallas Voice.

The company is one of the few ranked by the Human Rights Campaign with a score of zero.

Before the merging of the two oil companies, Mobil had a gay-inclusive nondiscrimination policy and domestic-partner benefits. Its merger with Exxon ended the policy, and the benefits program was closed to new employees. Each year since 2000 — the companies merged in 1999 — shareholders have failed to reestablish the rescinded protections and benefits.

The annual shareholders meeting took place Wednesday at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. 

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