Gay Googlers Now Make More Money Than Straight Googlers

Are you gay? Do you work at Google? Congratulations, you’re now about to make more money than your heterosexual counterparts. Why? Because that’s just the kind of nice guys they are over there, and they want to help you pay your taxes.

You see, people that work, have same-sex partners, and have health insurance and claim said partner under it, are required to pay a tax on that insurance. I have no idea why, since heterosexual married couples don’t have to pay taxes on their health benefits. Regardless, Google announced last week that it would be adjusting it’s pay scale to make up for those taxes its gay and lesbian employees have to pay. In fact, it will be retroactive to the beginning of 2010, meaning you’re going to get a big lump sum all at once.

Now, while I’m all for same-sex marriage and couples and babies and whatever, doesn’t this seem a little odd to you? Yes, it’s not fair that these couples have to pay an extra tax, but is it fair to have your employer pay your taxes for you? I don’t think so, and I hate paying my taxes just as much as the next guy, but they are a fact of life. Married couples get hit every year with the marriage-penalty tax, so why doesn’t Google give heterosexual married people more money? Have we just entered into the land of reverse discrimination? Maybe, but the government went there first.

This idea may seem good in theory, but I have a feeling that it’s going to cause Google a lot more headaches than it’s worth. Chances are, there will be those that file lawsuits over it, claiming that they should be paid more because they’re married with children and have to pay extra taxes, and Google will either settle out of court with them, or drag it on, thus shelling out more legal fees. It’s a lose-lose situation for everyone. I’m not bashing gays or saying that they shouldn’t have rights, don’t read into all of this. I’m just saying that if a company is going to pay homosexuals more money, then it should look at what heterosexual married couples have to pay as well, and adjust accordingly. That would go a long way toward keeping a squeaking wheel clean, and avoid a whole bunch of hassle that I’m sure is going to come out of all this.

Bottom line is: your employer should not have to worry about paying your taxes for you. That’s not their job. Straight or gay, your responsibilities should be just that – your responsibility. It may not be fair, you may not like it, but taxes are taxes and they are here to stay. Deal with it, and just be happy that you have a job.