That can create a "rift" between the company and worker which "breeds unnecessary confusion, tension, and diminished employee morale," according to the brief. Show 25 25 50 All. I provided benefits to same-sex couples when I was a CEO at Hewlett-Packard, and I also believe as so many do, that marriage has a spiritual foundation. Whitman said her decision to switch her stance on the issue came about "after careful review and reflection" in the three years since she ran for Hewlett packard and same sex benefit. The Defense of Marriage Act had broad bipartisan support.