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Facebook, Apple among 379 to file gay marriage court brief

  • March 07, 2015

It’s not the Fortune 500, but it came close.

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Johnson Johnson were among 379 companies to file a friend-of-the-court brief

The brief in the Obergefell v. Hodges

“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,” read the brief, which was filed by the law firm Morgan Lewis on Thursday.

Also Thursday, the Supreme Court said it will hear oral arguments April 28

As a result of this patchwork of rulings, same-sex couples in 37 states can be legally married.

These “inconsistent and discriminatory state laws” leads to

High-tech companies that compete fiercely for workers with specialized skills, who are often younger, have for years supported gay domestic partnerships. They’ve become more publicly vocal in the past year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is gay, last year called on his home state of Alabama to promote gay rights, and at a conference in California earlier this year, made an impassioned statement

The list of those on the friends-of-the-court brief isn’t just big tech, however. It includes mature consumer products companies like General Mills and Kimberley-Clark; banks including J.P. Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo Co.; and small family-owned businesses, like a roofing company and a cupcake bakery.

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