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Apple joins the camp of pro-gay marriage
(Blogmensgo, March 13, 2013) Apple and Morgan Stanley rallied to sixty large businesses within a group that advocates for gay marriage. This group will submit a memorandum to the Supreme Court of the United States in a case to overturn Proposition 8 (which banned gay marriage in California). Another group of 250 employers filed a memorandum with the Supreme Court in a case to declare laws unconstitutional federally anti-gay marriage.
For the record, this is from March 26, 2013 that the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and the current federal law on marriage.
Apple and Morgan Stanley have thus joined the group joining Facebook, Intel, eBay, Barnes & Noble, Nike, Panasonic, Xerox and dozens of companies, many of which operate in the high-tech industries. Together, these explain to heavyweights of American business in their memorandum how the laws in 41 states of the Union prohibit gay marriage are likely to undermine the business climate and reduce hiring competent staff.
Republican personalities will also submit a memorandum in favor of gay marriage, although their party to be largely hostile. Among these personalities are six former governors: Massachusetts (Paul Cellucci, Jane Swift and William Weld), New Jersey (Christine Todd Whitman), New Mexico (Gary Johnson) and Utah (Jon Huntsman Jr).
[ Update 1 st March 2013 . In total, no fewer than 172 deputies and 40 senators have filed a memorandum opposed to Proposition 8 on the desk of the Supreme Court.]
The current federal law on marriage (Doma) states in its section 3 that marriage is necessarily between a man and a woman. Against this very homophobic vision of marriage, a group of 250 employers (large businesses, law firms, municipalities and local authorities) will also introduce its own memorandum to the nine wise men of the Federal Supreme Court.
The judges of the Supreme Court rarely consider memoranda unofficial, but they do not differ a priori.
At the time of this writing, the Obama administration has not yet taken a position. It is not excluded that officially ranks in the camp of supporters of marriage between persons of the same sex.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.
Philca & Matt / MensGo (via full release of 27 February 2013, which Bloomberg )