Almost 300 American companies, including beloved icons like Apple, Twitter, Disney, Starbucks, and Marriott Hotels, have signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to recognize the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry.
“Approximately 286 businesses, and professional and municipal employers filed a friend-of-the-court brief this morning in support of Edie Windsor’s challenge to the discriminatory “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) before the Supreme Court,” the ACLU notes in a statement today.
The brief argues that DOMA obliges employers to treat an employee married to someone of the same sex and an employee married to someone of a different sex unequally, and that the law strains business efficiency and damages morale.
The list includes top stock market leaders like DOW (INDEXDJX:.DJI) components Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, Microsoft, and Pfizer.
The brief notes:
Although marriages are celebrated and recognized under state law, DOMA, a federal law withholding marital benefits from some lawful marriages but not others, requires that employers treat one employee differently from another, when each is married, and each marriage is equally lawful. DOMA thus impairs employer/employee relations and other business interests. In this brief, amici show how the burden of DOMA’s dual regime is keenly felt by organizations that conduct operations or do business in jurisdictions that authorize or recognize marriage between two people of the same sex.
List of signatories from the below embedded amicus brief:
Adobe Systems Inc.
Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Alaska Air Group, Inc.
American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
A|X Armani Exchange, LLC
Bain & Company, Inc.
The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
(BNY Mellon) Bankers Trust Co.
Big Duck Studio, Inc.
Bigelow Villa LLC Biogen Idec, Inc.
Blu Homes, Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc. Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation Borrego Solar Systems Inc.
Boston Community Capital, Inc.
The Boston Foundation
Boston Medical Center Corporation
Boston Scientific Corporation
The Bridgespan Group
Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Car Toys, Inc.
Central Physical Therapy and Fitness, Inc.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
City Catering Company
City Lites Neon, Inc.
Clean Yield Asset Management
Commune Hotels & Resorts
Conlin Properties, Inc.
The Corcoran Group
Crazy Misfits Pet Services
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.
David Kosar Insurance Agency
Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc.
Deutsche Bank AG
Diageo North America, Inc.
Distinguished Gay Men
DML Insurance Services, Inc.
Dry Creek Vineyard
DRY Soda Co.
Eastern Bank Corporation
Electronic Arts Inc.
Ernst & Young LLP
Firefly Creative Co. 500 BC, Inc.
The Forward Motion Group, LLC
Full Court Press Communications
Geolo Capital, Inc.
Gilt Groupe Holdings, Inc.
Go Factory, LLC
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Grossman Marketing Group
Group Health Cooperative
Homeward Pet Adoption Center Horizon Air Industries, Inc.
ID Financial, LLC
Integrated Archive Systems, Inc.
INUS Group, LLC
Jackson Hole Group LLC
James D. Wood, DDS Family Dental Care
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
JetBlue Airways Corporation
The Jim Henson Company
Johnson & Johnson
Jo-Lynn Otto Photography
JTracz Designs LLC
Kemp Goldberg Partners
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC
Kinzer Real Estate
Kollmar Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
Laparoscopic Institute for Gynecologic Oncology
Larson Marketing & Communications LLC Levi Strauss & Co.
Liberty Mutual Group Inc.
Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Trust, LLC
M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc.
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Massachusetts Association of Health Plans Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. Mattson
The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Mosaic Financial Partners, Inc.
Neumann Capital Management, LLC
New York Life Insurance Company
The Ogilvy Group, Inc.
The Olivia Companies, LLC
1 Source Consulting Solutions
Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Oracle America, Inc.
Partners HealthCare System, Inc.
Paul’s Draperies, Inc.
Precision Door Service
Pro-Tec Data, Inc.
ProTrials Research, Inc.
Puma Spring Vineyards
Ray Holley Communications
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Reproductive Science Center of New England, P .C.
Resource Systems Group, Inc. (RSG)
Rising Tide Brewing Company
RLL Consulting & Advocacy, LLC
Rocket Science Associates
Rural Communications Service Corporation salesforce.com, Inc.
Seabold International Services LLC
Seattle Hospitality Group LLC
The Seattle Lesbian, LLC
Shawmut Design and Construction
Silicon Valley Progressive Faith Community Sing Out Louise! Productions
Smith & Quinn LLC
Solutions Wealth Management, LLC
State Street Corporation
Stone Way Eateries, LLC
Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
Stuffed Cakes, LLC
Sun Life Financial (U.S.) Services Company, Inc.
Taber Food Services, Inc.
Total Awareness Accounting Services
Total Home Improvement Inc.
Transparent Language, Inc.
U.S. Balloon Co.
The Ultimate Software Group, Inc.
VCB Consulting & Accounting Services
Velsch Unlimited LLC
Verity Credit Union
VitalSource Staffing, LLC
W/S Development Associates LLC
Walt Disney Company
Wasserman Media Group
Windows Management Experts, Inc.
Witeck Communications, Inc.
Law and professional firms:
A.L. Nella & Company, LLP, CPAs
Axcel Law Partners LLP
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Burns & Levinson LLP
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.
DLK Law Group, P.C.
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Farella Braun + Martel, LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
Goulston & Storrs, P.C.
Grippo & Elden LLC
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Integrity Law Group
Jennifer Brown Consulting
Jonathan L. Bowman, Attorney at Law, PS
Kazan, McClain, Satterley, Lyons, Greenwood Oberman, PLC
Keker & Van Nest LLP
Lafayette & Kumagai LLP
Law Office of Lisa E. Schuchman
The Law Office of Susan K. Fuller, PLLC Law Offices of Cynthia F. Buhr PLLC Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Mona Smith PLLC
Nixon Peabody LLP
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Public Interest Law Group, PLLC
Ropes & Gray LLP
Russell & Olson, LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Skellenger Bender, P.S.
Spectra Law PS
Valdez Noor Todd & Doyle LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Professional, trade, and civic organizations:
American Benefits Council
Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities
Golden Gate Restaurant Association
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Greater San Diego Business Association
Greater Seattle Business Association
Long Beach Community Business Network
Massachusetts Teachers Association
The National Fire Protection Association, Inc.
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Portland Area Business Association
Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Cities, Counties and the United States Conference of Mayors:
The City of Baltimore, Maryland
The City of Bangor, Maine
The City of Boston, Massachusetts The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
The City of Hartford, Connecticut
The City of Healdsburg, California
The City of Los Angeles, California
The City of New York, New York, and the Council of the City of New York, New York
The City of Northampton, Massachusetts
The City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The City of Providence, Rhode Island
The City and County of San Francisco, California
The City of Santa Monica, California
The City of Seattle, Washington
The City of West Hollywood, California
The County of King, Washington
The County of Santa Clara, California
The United States Conference of Mayors
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