Apple Among Dozens of Companies to Support Gay Marriage at U.S. Supreme Court

silver-apple-logoMultiple big name companies, like Intel, Facebook, Zynga, and Apple, will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation, saying that the same-sex marriage bans in 41 different states damage workplace morale and undermine recruiting. Only nine states currently permit same-sex marriage.

The group of companies plans to petition the court at some point this week, because the court will be evaluating California’s Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment that passed in 2008, in March.

The proposition states that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Proposition 8 was overturned in 2010, after which its proponents requested a review by the Supreme Court.

Apple and the other participating companies have hired a law firm Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe LLP, which outlined what the companies will argue:

“No matter how welcoming the corporate culture, it cannot overcome the societal stigma institutionalized by Proposition 8 and similar laws.”

According to Bloomberg, the filing is taking place as part of an effort to convince the Supreme Court that gay marriage has significant public support.

Apple has long supported same-sex marriages. When Proposition 8 hit the ballot in California, the company issued the following statement:

Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a persons fundamental rights including the right to marry should not be affected by their sexual orientation.

The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on the Proposition 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, on March 26. In addition, the court will also hear arguments on a second case, the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that defines marriage as a heterosexual union.

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