Will Conservatives Continue To Do Google Searches?

I wonder how long it will be before some conservatives begin to boycott Google and do all their web searches with a different search engine because of this:

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 is not the first company to make up for the extra tax. At least a few large employers already do. But benefits experts say Google’s move could inspire its Silicon Valley competitors to follow suit, because they compete for the same talent.

Under federal law, employer-provided health benefits for domestic partners are counted as taxable income, if the partner is not considered a dependent. The tax owed is based on the value of the partner’s coverage paid by the employer.

On average, employees with domestic partners will pay about $1,069 more a year in taxes than a married employee with the same coverage, according to a 2007 report by M. V. Lee Badgett, director of the Williams Institute, a research group that studies sexual orientation policy issues.

I imagine that,besides protesting this, many conservatives will be more comfortable with the iPhone over phones running Android after Steve Jobs promised “freedom from porn.”

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3 Comments

  1. 1
    Tracy says:

    Good for them!  I already use their search engine and their e-mail.  Gotta love the Google.

  2. 2
    Leslie Parsley says:

    Google stepping up to the plate.  Hope other will copy cat.

  3. 3
    ducky says:

    im conservative. i really dont care about this at all. if google wants to do it, then so be it. im still gonna use google. then again i usually just go straight to the washington post anyway.

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