Apple, Facebook, Intel to Join Dozens of Companies in SCOTUS Brief Opposing Proposition 8, DOMA

Corporate power is planning to wield a mighty axe against Prop 8 and DOMA this week, in a Supreme Court brief, Bloomberg reports:

FacebookDozens of companies, including Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Morgan Stanley (MS), are planning to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, saying bans in 41 states harm workplace morale and undermine recruiting. The group, which also includes Facebook Inc. (FB) and Intel Corp., (INTC) will make its case this week as the high court prepares to take up California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that halted gay marriage after it was allowed for five months….

…A larger group of companies — more than 200 — is also poised to side with gay-rights advocates in a second Supreme Court case, involving a federal law that defines marriage as a heterosexual union. Under that law, known as the Defense of Marriage Act, legally married gay couples can’t claim the federal tax breaks and other benefits available to opposite-sex spouses.

The companies in that case are part of a collection of more than 250 employers, including cities, counties and law firms.

A larger question also looms. Will Obama act?

TakanoFreshman Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) wrote Obama a letter asking him to do so, the Washington Blade reports:

“I strongly and respectfully ask that the United States provide an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Perry to explain how heightened scrutiny, the standard that the United States urges be applied to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, applies to Proposition 8,” Takano writes. “A brief by the United States will assist the Supreme Court to see that Proposition 8 fails heightened scrutiny and does not further any proper governmental objectives.”

Takano explains in his letter that Prop 8, a ballot initiative that was approved by California voters in 2008, affects couples in his state and district who are unable to marry because of the amendment.

“My district includes thousands of loving gay and lesbian couples, who are not able to marry due to Proposition 8,” Takano writes. “They are our families, our friends and neighbors. They are doctors, veterans, teachers, gardeners, firefighters and police officers. They are Americans. Every day that they cannot enjoy the same rights and obligations enjoyed by other Americans, they and their families suffer.”


  1. Taylor says

    Can’t wait for OMM and NOM and FRC and every other hate group call for a boycott of FACEBOOK because of their support for the repeal of PROP 8 and DOMA!

    Oh wait…that would mean they’d have to take down their Facebook pages…and we know that ain’t gonna happen.

  2. Craig says

    Taylor, they won’t be able to take down their facebook page because they won’t be able to use their computers – “Intel inside.”

  3. ElCid says

    Today I almost fainted when I saw a Marriage Equality ad in FOX NEWS!!! I couldn’t believe that.
    I mean, I think we are reaching the point of no return for Marriage equality, even a bunch of “respected” Republicans are aligning to the right to marriage!
    I’m not sure Obama needs to do much more here. I mean, it certainly will help, but imho, the ship is almost sailing… It makes me feel happy you know…

  4. Jeff says

    Yes I know what you mean Elcid. We are gaining full steam ahead now. I can’t wait for the hate groups to get kicked to the curb, and young gays get their “normal” gay role models shown as happy family men and women with their happy children. There will be a new generation of gays coming up here soon, and their path will be so much easier and free. I am as happy for them as I am for myself.

    Obama making his statement has already had the desired ripple effect. It’s all icing on the cake now.

    It is starting to be cool to be inclusive here on this imo. I predict that more companies, and a few more Reps. are going to be signing on before the end of Thursday.