By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com May 26 2010 5:15 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 Each year since 2000 — the companies merged in 1999 — shareholders have failed to reestablish the rescinded protections and benefits.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.