Hundreds of Corporations Sign Supreme Court Briefs in Support of Gay Marriage
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- 2013 Feb 28
Hundreds of major corporations from across the country have collectively signed on two Supreme Court briefs supporting gay marriage, the Christian News Network reports. Approximately 250 high-profile corporations and general business entities lent their name to an amicus, or "friend of the court," brief that challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Among those included were Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Citigroup, Marriott International, Johnson and Johnson, Walt Disney, the Jim Henson Company, Twitter and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. The document filed on behalf of the corporations asserts that DOMA "requires that employers treat one employee differently from another, when each is married, and each marriage is equally lawful." A second brief, signed by approximately 45 corporations, seeks to overturn California's Proposition 8, which sought to define marriage in the state constitution as between one man and one woman. The brief argues that the states that have banned same-sex marriage are harming workplace morale. Companies that signed their name to the brief include Apple, Morgan Stanley, Nike, eBay, Panasonic, Office Depot, Barnes and Noble, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Facebook.