Apple Among Companies Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Support Gay Marriage

Apple Among Companies Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Support Gay Marriage

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Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are among 379 companies that filed a friend-of-the-court brief pressing the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, reports USA Today.

The brief in the Obergefell v. Hodges case argues that without a uniform principle, employers and their employees suffer from significant burdens. It cites evidence showing the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Prohibiting same-sex marriage, the companies argue, makes it tougher to recruit and train employees.

"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. Our successes depend upon the welfare and morale of all employees, without distinction," says the brief filed by the law firm Morgan Lewis on Thursday.

The Supreme Court is planning to hear oral arguments on April 28th, as to whether states can ban same-sex marriage. In November, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the bans; however, the Supreme Court has previously let stand other rulings that struck down same-sex marriage bans.

These "inconsistent and discriminatory state laws" leads to unnecessary confusion, tension, and diminished employee morale, claims the brief.

Notably, Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay back in October 2014. He has since made personal donations to gay rights campaigns in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

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Apple Among Companies Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Support Gay Marriage

Cedeño66 - March 11, 2015 at 7:18pm
Why does the white heterosexual male minority still want to call themselves the majority and blaspheme against any other minorities? Are they really that scared? This is America after all and it is with "Liberty and Justice for All." Also the right to pursuit of happiness. This must've been an ex potato famine indentured servant klu klux klan nazi immigrant who posts such hateful and ignorant comments.
heterosexual - March 7, 2015 at 9:34pm
so let's do this Obama, you tell them that you will approve any gay laws and rights as long as everybody male and female heterosexual in USA will get a free iPhone 6S. that nobody will complaint.
Wtf - March 7, 2015 at 1:06am
There we go again! Another case where a minority of people are pushing their beliefs on the rest of us when clearly election after election after election the American people do not want gay marriage and Have clearly stated that marriage is between one man and one woman. Why doesn't the media report on the devastating affects of what homosexually actually does to a society, morally, ethically, and psychologically. Do the research and you'll see, it's all there!
Reality - Did you miss me - March 8, 2015 at 12:09am
Actually the polls show a Majority of Americans support Gay equal rights and marriage. And the younger the person asked the more likely for approval. FYI, if Google goes through with ranking search results by how fact & truthful they are you may wish to redo your research to be enlightened. :P
NoGoodNick - March 6, 2015 at 10:50pm
Right, because the Supreme Court always listens when Apple, or other huge Corporations relate how the law impacts THEM. Luckily, while they CAN buy politicians, the Supreme Court is out of reach (for now).