In the brief, 278 companies say that the Defense of Marriage Act — which is being argued before the court as to its constitutionality — increases their costs and is bad for business, Wired reports.
Each of the companies signing the brief are located in states where same-sex marriage is already recognized or legal. With the state laws conflicting with the DOMA, the companies need to maintain two separate sets of policies for their personnel and that forces up administrative costs.
The brief says the conflict “forces us to treat one class of our lawfully married employees differently than another, when our success depends upon the welfare and morale of all employees.”
Here is a partial list of companies signed onto the brief:
- Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)
- Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)
- Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)
- Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)
- Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
- eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY)
- Citigroup (NYSE:C)
- Nike (NYSE:NKE)
- Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX)
- Disney (NYSE:DIS)
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