Imagine this scenario:
Recruiter: we think you’d be a great fit for (some job) for the State of Minnesota
Recruit: I agree that it’s a great fit for my skills. I’m looking forward to making the State of Minnesota a better place.
Recruiter: Did I mention that the State of Minnesota has a great benefits package that covers you and your entire family?
Recruit: I’m gay and in a long term relationship with my partner. We’d get married if we legally could.
Recruiter: Oh, sorry to hear that. It turns out that your life partner is not eligible for the benefits you receive since he has dick like you.
Recruit: I’m sorry to hear that too. I guess I’ll have to look elsewhere to support my family. Good luck finding a heterosexual candidate with the skills you know that I possess but won’t compensate at the same rate as a heterosexual who’s been married for one day to someone they met yesterday.
If you’re smart, highly skilled, and the best at what you do, I strongly suggest finding a job somewhere other than for the state of Minnesota under Governor Tim Pawlenty.
House and Senate DFLers bowed to the threat of a veto by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday, eliminating language in one of their major spending bills that would have allowed domestic partners, including same-sex partners, of state employees to be eligible for health care benefits.
As I read the article, it sounds like the GOP poisoned the bill by extending the proposed benefits from same sex couples to any people who happen to be living together. At that point it was killed.
Discrimination is bad business. Hire the best available candidate and compensate them equitably.