Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

How Major Companies Are Lining Up in Support of Gay Marriage

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

How Major Companies Are Lining Up in Support of Gay Marriage

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As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the legality of gay marriage bans on April 28, same sex marriage proponents just gained a hugely influential supporter: Big Business.

Thursday, 379 of the largest companies and and staffers of American employees all signed onto a "friend-to-the-court" brief in support of gay marriage, including major names like Google, Goldman Sachs, and American Airlines. The Huffington Post has the complete list here.

"State laws that prohibit or decline to recognize marriages between same-sex couples hamper employer efforts to recruit and retain the most talented workforce possible in those states, the brief reads. "Our successes depend upon the welfare and morale of all employees, without distinction."

The brief in Obergefell v. Hodges argues that without a federal policy on gay marriage, employers and their employees suffer in a state of legal limbo. It also highlights the benefits of increased diversity in their respective workplaces.

The nine Supreme Court justices will be tasked with determining if states have the legal authority to ban same-sex marriage. They will hear an extended two-and-a-half hour oral argument over the legality of these bans that have been put into place in by state governments in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

In November, the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which is the federal appellate court for the above mentioned states upheld these states' same-sex marriage bans. On Thursday, the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit upheld Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban, and set May 12 as the date to hear appeal arguments against gay marriage bans in Arkansas, Missouri and South Dakota, in addition to Nebraska, according to media reports. Arkansas, Missouri, and South Dakota also had their bans struck down in federal court. …

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