Facebook has recently joined the ranks of a very small number of companies reimbursing their partnered GLB employees who receive health insurance benefits for their significant others. You see when heterosexuals get insurance for their spouses the income going towards those benefits is not taxed. But because of DOMA GLB employees are basically paying a tax to be in a same-sex relationship.
According to the NY Times’ Tara Siegel Bernard:
As a result, employees with domestic partners will pay about $1,069 more a year in taxes, on average, than a married employee with the same coverage, according to a 2007 report by M.V. Lee Badgett, research director of the Williams Institute, which studies sexual orientation policy issues. (Given the escalating cost of health care, those numbers may be even higher now).
Companies who implement this new policy pay their same-sex partnered employees just enough extra to cover this tax.
Unfortunately, Stanford isn’t one of the companies offering this yet so my wife will not be receiving reimbursement for the amount she is paying in taxes on my health insurance.
The other option of course would be to repeal DOMA and make same-sex marriage legal.