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Ironically, this will make many gays yelp 'Yahoo!'

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2010-07-01 At 8.59.40 AmThey're this close to owning the planet. And thankfully, they're on our side. This from The New York Times:

On Thursday, Google is going to begin covering a cost that gay and lesbian employees must pay when their partners receive domestic partner health benefits, largely to compensate them for an extra tax that heterosexual married couples do not pay. The increase will be retroactive to the beginning of the year.

“It’s a fairly cutting edge thing to do,” said Todd A. Solomon, a partner in the employee benefits department of McDermott Will & Emery, a law firm in Chicago, and author of “Domestic Partner Benefits: An Employer’s Guide.”

Google to Add Pay to Cover a Tax for Same-Sex Benefits [NYT]

When asked to respond, a gay executive tersely said:

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