Corporations pressure Supreme Court to open up to gay marriage issues

By Alexi Knock,

On Wednesday, about 200 corporations including Google Inc. and Starbucks will push the U.S. Supreme Court to change a federal law that limits the definition of marriage to a union between and man and a woman.

According to Reuters, the companies’ attorneys will file a brief for the case and corporations like Amazon.com, Pfizer and Citigroup have signed on.

The brief states that the companies urge the Supreme Court to eliminate the part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as a heterosexual relationship. The case will be argued in late March.

These corporations are joined by prominent Republicans and retired military leaders that have joined the fight to support gay marriage.

Mary Bonauto, the leader of the Civil Rights Project at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders is coordinating the brief and told The Associated Press, “Gay and lesbian families and their children are here to stay.”

The companies believe that the provision in DOMA is discriminatory against families in who do not get the same health benefits as heterosexual couples in the workplace.



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