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  • Manager Sues Claiming Little Caesars Refused His Not 'Opposite Gender' Husband Healthcare

    Could a lawsuit against privately-held Little Caesars Pizza turn into another Hobby Lobby "religious freedom" case? Star attorney Gloria Allred and her client, who is in a same-sex marriage, are about to find out.

    A California man is suing Little Caesars Pizza, claiming the company refused to give his husband healthcare. Frank Bernard was a trainee manager but quit when the number three pizza chain sent him a letter describing their benefits policy regarding spouses.

    A spouse, the letter purportedly stated, is "the one person to whom you are legally married under the laws of the state in which you reside, including common law spouse, and who is the opposite gender from you."

    Bernard, 47, married his husband in California during the short period in 2008 before voters passed Prop 8, when about 18,000 same-sex couples married. Those marriages were declared legal by the California courts.

    "I didn't want anything special, I just wanted the same benefits package as heterosexual couples," Reuters reports Bernard said at a Los Angeles news conference.

    The Supreme Court ruled separately last year that same-sex married couples were entitled to spousal benefits available under federal law, striking down provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. But that decision did not extend to benefits private companies provide to their employees.

    "With this lawsuit we look forward to expanding the employment rights and benefits for legally married same sex couples," Bernard's attorney, Gloria Allred, told reporters.

    Could Little Caesars, a privately-owned company, claim they are merely following their deeply-held religious beliefs by denying healthcare to same-gender spouses?

    Little Caesars is owned by Mike and Marian Ilitch, through Ilitch Holdings. Mike Ilitch also owns the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers. The family is reportedly worth $3.8 billion.

     

    Image by Robert Rowe via Flickr

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    • commented 2014-08-28 19:57:30 -0400
      The USA is not a theocracy, although close to a plutocracy; still no individual “deeply held personal religious beliefs” should trump the civil liberties and human rights of other citizens. This nation was founded on the principle of the common good (a commonweal) where the community comes before the individual. SCOTUS under its gang of five fanatics (all whom are Roman Catholic) has raised corporations to be people (not in the constitution!) and that holders of corporations can define the lifestyles and personal choices of its employees (not in the constitution!) and so are Grand Inquisitors and Judges line the nefarious Tomas Torquemada and the unholy Spanish Inquisition. Those who wish to follow a foreign power should move to that state or nation, but not place obstacles to freedom in the republic we know as the United States.

      SCOTUS five fanatics have been “activist judges” creating laws where none exist. These evil men are rewriting the constitution to benefit their paying benefactors: the Koch Brothers and the Roman Catholic church. All five should be impeached and removed from office for the crimes of sabotaging the constitution and the misdemeanors of following private beliefs instead of defining existing law and the US Constitution.

    • commented 2014-08-28 17:06:32 -0400
      This should not be abided. Boycott Little Caesars and show them the error of their ways in the manner befitting a commercial company – through their bottom line!

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