The List of Big Companies Fighting for Gay Marriage Rights

by Nate Wooley | February 28, 2013 9:45 am

NewLetters The List of Big Companies Fighting for Gay Marriage Rights[1]In a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, a great many of the largest firms have signed off on their support for same-sex marriage rights.

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[2] 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:

Click here to see the full brief, and all 278 signers[13].

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  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/NewLetters.jpg
  2. Wired: http://www.wired.com/business/2013/02/apple-google-facebook-supreme-court-same-sex-marriage/
  3. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  4. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  5. FB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FB
  6. AMZN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AMZN
  7. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  8. EBAY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=EBAY
  9. C: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=C
  10. NKE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NKE
  11. SBUX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SBUX
  12. DIS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DIS
  13. Click here to see the full brief, and all 278 signers: http://www.bingham.com/~/media/Files/Docs/Bingham%20Files%20Amicus%20Brief%20in%20DOMA%20Supreme%20Court%20Challenge.ashx
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  15. Supreme Court: Companies Must Comply With Contraception Law: http://investorplace.com/investorpolitics/supreme-court-companies-must-comply-with-contraception-law/
  16. Court Sides With Mattel in Bitter Bratz Battle: http://investorplace.com/2013/01/court-sides-with-mattel-in-bitter-bratz-battle/

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