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Big business lobbies US Supreme Court to back same-sex marriage

Big business lobbies US Supreme Court to back same-sex marriage

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The US Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

Among those organizations that have expressed support for same-sex marriage are 379 businesses who signed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of gay marriage. The brief was filed yesterday.

The brief says that having inconsistent laws regarding same-sex marraige across the US leads to administrative problems and impacts on staff morale.

‘Allowing same-sex couples to marry improves employee morale and productivity, reduces uncertainty, and removes the wasteful administrative burdens imposed by the current disparity of state law treatment.’

It also condemned the fact that they were forced to treat some of their employers as ‘second-class citizens’.

‘We develop and implement non-discrimination policies not only because they are the right thing to do, but also because these policies are crucial to our ability to recruit and retain excellent employees.

‘Marriage bans conscript employers, as the administrators of benefits, to implement laws that treat employees in committed same-sex relationships differently from employees married to different-sex spouses.’

The brief, which was submitted by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and WG+R Law Group, P.C, quotes from a range of studies that persuasively argue the business case for embracing diversity and inclusion.

‘A 2013 study of approximately 300 firms that adopted same-sex domestic partnership benefits between 1990 and 2006 showed an approximate ten per cent average stock price increase over the sample period – a performance better than ninety-five per cent of all U.S. professional mutual funds.’

The full brief can be read here.

Among some of the most well-known names to have signed the brief are:

  • Accenture
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • American Apparel
  • American Express
  • Apple
  • AT&T
  • Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • BlackRock
  • Bloomberg L.P
  • The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Capital One
  • Cardinal Health
  • Chubb
  • Cigna
  • Cisco
  • Citigroup
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Credit Suisse Securities
  • CVS Health
  • Dallas Voice
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Diageo North America
  • Dow Chemical
  • Dropbox
  • DuPont
  • EBay
  • Electronic Arts Inc.Ernst & Young LLP
  • Facebook
  • General Electric Company
  • General Mills
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Groupon
  • Hartford Financial Services
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Hilton
  • HSBC
  • Intel
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • KPMG
  • Levi Strauss
  • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Marriott
  • Massachusetts Mutual
  • McKinsey
  • Microsoft
  • MillerCoors
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nationwide Mutual
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Life
  • Nike
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Office Depot
  • Ogilvy Group
  • Oracle
  • Orbitz
  • Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
  • Pandora
  • PepsiCo
  • Pfizer
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Prudential
  • Qualcomm
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Staples
  • Starbucks
  • Symantec
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Target
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Twitter
  • UBS
  • United Airlines
  • Verizon
  • Viacom
  • Walt Disney
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wokrplace Equality Index
  • Xerox
  • Zynga