Today, Boeing announced that they will be extending their Pension Value Plan and BSS Retirement Plan to same-sex spouses and domestic partners as beneficiaries for pension survivor benefits. The expansion of pension beneficiaries are a continuation of Boeing's long history of leadership in respecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers.
"I commend Boeing for providing equal pension survivor benefits for same-sex spouses and domestic partners," said Congressman Adam Smith. "LGBT workers are a critical part of a skilled labor force and equal treatment of their employees has led to Boeing's success and global leadership in aerospace, science, and technology. It is unacceptable to deny any person equal pay or benefits because of who they love. I will continue to work to make sure that all LGBT people and their families are treated fairly and have equal access to success."
Congressman Smith has been an advocate for LGBT equality. During the 112th Congress, Representative Smith authored a letter in support of extending pension survivor benefits to same-sex partners. Representatives Norm Dicks, Jim McDermott, and Suzan DelBene joined Smith in cosigning the letter. Further, earlier this year, Congressman Smith introduced the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act, which would extend equal benefits to all same-sex spouses of our servicemembers and veterans.