I like the symbolic value of the nation's largest employer pledging that it won't continue to discriminate when it comes to health benefits, but here's the bad news: In the real world a majority of Walmart workers -- gay and straight alike -- still won't have affordable health coverage or living wages.
The drive to organize the mega-retailer has been no more successful than the U.S. government's War on Drugs. Not one single Walmart store in the U.S. has voted to go union. Not to criticize the AFL-CIO, but that seems like a statistical impossibility. Even a banjo hitter gets the occasional homerun.