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Major U.S. Businesses Throw Support Behind DOMA Repeal with New Coalition

A|X Armani Exchange, Aetna Inc., Biogen Idec, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Diageo North America, eBay Inc., Electronic Arts, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group LLC, Marriott International Inc., Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Replacements, Ltd., Sun Life Financial U.S., and Thomson Reuters are the initial signees to a new Business Coalition formed by HRC supporting repeal of DOMA.

ThomsonreutersWrites HRC: "The Business Coalition for DOMA Repeal is a group of leading U.S. employers that support legislative efforts to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act through the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act. These Coalition members recognize that DOMA is bad for business and have pledged their support for RMA, which restores the rights of all lawfully married couples—including same-sex couples – to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law."

Said HRC President Chad Griffin: "These corporate pioneers understand one marriage deserves no less respect and dignity than any other marriage.They understand that repealing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act is the right thing for our nation, and the smart thing for American business.  We call on both large and small businesses to add their voices to the growing chorus calling for an end to this odious law."

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  1. I am surprised to see Marriott in that list, but it is a very welcome change

    Posted by: Jack | Jan 28, 2013 2:10:01 PM


  2. Jack -- me too! Had to go check the HRC website to confirm Marriott International is indeed on the list. And it is.

    Here's that link:

    http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/business-coalition-launches-in-support-of-respect-for-marriage-act

    Posted by: Frank Butterfield | Jan 28, 2013 2:19:52 PM


  3. My surprise was at Replacements, Ltd.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Jan 28, 2013 2:54:30 PM


  4. Marriott International Inc - sounds fishy to me. It's antithetical to their whole history supporting traditional marriage.

    Posted by: Alex | Jan 28, 2013 3:03:51 PM


  5. HRC-bashing commences in 3...2...1...

    Posted by: K | Jan 28, 2013 3:04:58 PM


  6. Marriott sounded dubious to me, too. But then I realized that HRC probably had no problem convincing them that this campaign would be as feeble and ineffective as any HRC campaign and might give Marriott a positive PR bump among LGBTs.

    Posted by: JJ | Jan 28, 2013 3:19:13 PM


  7. There is another simple reason: it's a huge headache for businesses to track marriages separately and account for the different treatment of benefits and taxes

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 28, 2013 3:39:41 PM


  8. Thomson Reuters and Sunlife are Canadian companies and Replacements Ltd is owned by a gay guy I believe, so no surprises there.

    Posted by: AA | Jan 28, 2013 5:44:01 PM


  9. I'm pretty sure the issue regarding Marriott that you're referring to was the San Diego location and was actually down to the owner of that particular one? Or was that the Hilton in SD?

    Posted by: Isaak | Jan 28, 2013 6:21:58 PM


  10. @Isaak, google Mormon hotel chain.

    Posted by: JJ | Jan 29, 2013 1:57:58 AM


  11. I'm probably being way too optimistic here, but there does seem to be something of a softening in the mormon position in the last few months. The reported change in the boy scout position would never have happened without the mormons signing off, and marriott sponsoring this drive may be part of the same move. They've been making some public statements that, while not pro gay, are at least not anti gay, and they've clearly backed away from the front and center position they took on prop 8. I may have this wrong, but I seem to remember that they didn't take an active part in any of the most recent batch of gay marriage votes. Anyway it may just be a series of coincidences, but would be great to have them focus on other things rather than messing around in our lives.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 29, 2013 2:06:19 AM


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  13. The Marriotts are Mormons. I remember they were big supporters of Richard Nixon's presidential campaigns--they shamelessly rode in the inaugural parade in the car just ahead of the Nixons (I was throwing oranges at the bastard) waving at the crowd like VIPs.

    But even the Marriott Corporation understands that plenty of money is to be made providing venues for gay weddings.

    Who cares how they get religion?

    Besides, the generation of haters is dying so leave 'em be--or, as Jesus put it, let the dead bury the dead.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jan 29, 2013 7:08:01 AM


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