Major Corporations, More Republicans Endorse Gay Marriage
More than 200 businesses filed a brief on Wednesday that urges the Supreme Court to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, Reuters reports.
A number of high profile companies, including Microsoft, Google, Starbucks, Pfizer, Amazon.com and Citigroup, have signed the document. Some of the businesses, as well a number of different corporations, are filing a separate document on Thursday that urges the Supreme Court to nix Proposition 8, the California law that bans same-sex marriage. CNN Money points out Apple, Facebook, eBay, Intel and Morgan Stanley signed the brief related to Prop. 8.
In the brief regarding DOMA, attorney Sabin Willett wrote that the measure "requires that employers treat one employee differently from another, when each is married, and each marriage is equally lawful." He added that DOMA makes business difficult to conduct because the law is not enforced nationwide as 12 states have legalized gay marriage or recognize same-sex marriages that have been performed in other states. He also wrote that DOMA forces businesses to discriminate and sometimes go against its own policies and local law, like when dealing with healthcare plans.
"We must do all of this in states, counties and cities that prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and demand equal treatment of all married individuals," the lawyer wrote.
When it comes to the brief dealing with Prop. 8, the document reads, "By singling out a group for less favorable treatment, Proposition 8 impedes businesses from achieving the market’s ideal of efficient operations -- particularly in recruiting, hiring, and retaining talented people who are in the best position to operate at their highest capacity. Amici are competing domestically and internationally with companies inside and outside the United States in places where all couples, regardless of whether they are of the same sex, are afforded equal access to marriage."
On Tuesday, it was reported 75 notable Republicans signed a similar brief to the Supreme Court and urged that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. But as the New York Times points out, more than 100 GOPers have now signed the document, including Beth Myers, a top adviser to Mitt Romney, and Marilyn Musgrave, a retired Colorado congresswoman who strongly opposed marriage equality during her political career.