It breaks down like this: Gay guy wins two tickets during Northwest company promotion; wants to take his partner of 15 years; Northwest won’t let him. WTF?!? was our sentiments exactly.
In its letter to Northwest, the ACLU said that the Unruh Civil Rights Act, part of California law, “mandates ‘full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever’ without regard to sexual orientation or marital status.”
“Because same-sex couples who wish to marry cannot currently do so under California law, using marriage as a criterion discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation,” Sun said. “Northwest’s policy also discriminates on the basis of marital status because it does not permit unmarried heterosexual individuals to bring the companion of their choice.”
The reason why this is so ridiculous, is most airlines have historically been good to the gay community. Sure we still get the same shitty food and seats you need a shoehorn to slide into, but there are so many gays working in the airline industry, they kinda’ had no choice but to treat us well. Bad Northwest, No extra bag of peanuts for you.
Northwest refuses companion ticket for gay employee [The Advocate]