Last Thursday Publix announced that they would provide benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Headquartered in Lakeland Florida the $30 billion company operates about 1,100 stores and employs nearly 170,000 people — most of those in Florida.

What legal theory could possibly allow them not to cover their married same-sex couples?

In other words Publix is simply announcing that they will avoid a number of very expensive lawsuits. Just over a year ago, I instigated Michael Miller’s piece in Miami New Times. People tracked me down and I received a number of emails from individuals claiming to be employees of the organization. Publix did not  complete HRC’s Corporate Equality Survey for 2014. Nor for that matter did they participate in the 2015 survey, scoring zero. Similarly, their announcement has a value of zero.

I wonder how many married gay employees will even be willing to come out to their employer. Publix has no employment policy in place to protect those people.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.