SkyWest accused of bigotry against married gay couples

If this is true, then SkyWest is incredibly stupid.

A SkyWest Airlines baggage agent who married his partner last year after the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex unions says the airline is breaking state law by refusing to give his husband the free fares it provides to heterosexual spouses.

The airline says Gilbert Caldwell’s husband is his “travel companion,” entitled to fly at a discount but not for free, Caldwell said. “I am asking SkyWest to give me the same benefits that they give my married heterosexual co-workers.”…

The ballot measure overturned the state Supreme Court’s May 2008 ruling that extended marital rights to gays and lesbians. The state court upheld Prop. 8 this past May but ruled that couples who married before the election could remain legally wed.

Just give them the damn benefits. This does not seem the kind of economy in which an airline wants to damage its brand with an entire class of American citizens.

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