Texas Business and the 'Gay Agenda'

When it comes to equality, a surprising number of major Texas companies are downright liberal. That's according to the 2005 Corporate Equality Index, the fourth annual report of the Human Rights Campaign, which grades companies on their responses to survey questions. Most of the companies in the report offer domestic partner benefits, and five Texas corporations, including Austin-based Dell Computers and Freescale Semiconductor, earned a perfect 100 for meeting several factors: the extension of health care benefits to same-sex partners, the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identification in nondiscrimination policies, diversity training, and in-house organizations for GLBT employees. Here's a sampling of how Texas companies stacked up:

Major Texas Companies

Company / Domestic Partner Benefits / Score

American Airlines / Yes / 100

Dell Inc. / Yes / 100

Freescale Semiconductor / Yes / 100

SBC Communications / Yes / 100

Wyndham International / Yes / 100

Clear Channel Communications / Yes / 86

Continental Airlines / Yes / 86

Texas Instruments / Yes / 86

J.C. Penney Co. / Yes / 71

Southwest Airlines / Yes / 64

Vinson & Elkins / Yes / 64

ConocoPhillips / No / 64

Whole Foods / Yes / 57

Reliant Energy / No / 57

HEB Grocery / No / 43

Perot Systems Corp. / No / 14

Exxon Mobil Corp. / No / 14

Major Austin Employers

Company / Domestic Partner Benefits / Score

IBM Corp. / Yes / 100

Motorola / Yes / 100

Home Depot / Yes / 86

Target / Yes / 86

Advanced Micro Devices / Yes / 71

Applied Materials / Yes / 71

Wal-Mart / No / 57

The full report is available at www.hrc.org.
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