ExxonMobil Shareholders Overwhelmingly Defeat LGBT Protections

Today, 80 percent of ExxonMobil shareholders voted not to extend non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This was one of the largest defeats the proposal has met since it was first introduced in 1999. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli had led the effort this year, seeking also for the oil giant to offer health benefits to the spouses of employees married in New York. ExxonMobil continues to be the least LGBT-friendly company in the Fortune 500, maintaining the only negative score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. A petition is underway to encourage the company to do better by its LGBT employees.