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Large Corporations Against Defense Of Marriage Act

Large Corporations Against Defense Of Marriage Act

70 companies have legally documented their opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it hurts their business and costs them money. These companies include CBS, Microsoft, Google, Levi Strauss, Nike, Starbucks, Xerox, Time Warner Cable and several health insurance companies.

According to a brief filed in court in Gil v. OPM, companies say that DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is costing them money because it forces them to treat gay couples differently from straight couples. DOMA places a financial burden on administrative offices because of all the extra paperwork that must be kept.

The trial began on May 6, 2010, and was heard by District Judge Joseph Louis Tauro. On July 8, Tauro ruled section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional in a summary judgment. He later stayed the implementation of his decision pending appeal and the Department of Justice entered an appeal on October 12, 2010.

Since then, the Department of Justice has filed a brief defending the Act, and has not opposed petitions to the contrary or to move things along.  The Court is still in deliberation and no final judgement has been made, which is why the legal documentation is being considered.

Legally, companies are required to investigate claims of same sex spouses from states that allow gay marriage. Insurance companies, especially health insurance, must also keep separate files for non-heterosexual clients.  In short, companies are legally required to treat gay couples and individuals differently.  Some companies won’t hire an openly gay individual even if they are the best qualified person for the job due to the extra paperwork and costs associated with the hire.

Many companies want to support gay marriage and hire gay individuals, but cannot because even if the State recognizes the marriage, the Federal Government still has DOMA in place for now.  For many of these corporations, DOMA is just a useless regulation that asks them to discriminate, and to pay for that opportunity. Moreover, DOMA does nothing to protect workers, the environment, or consumers.  It just requires discrimination.

Personally, I am heartened to see this filing.  It means that gay employees are valued and large corporations are willing to stand up to how stupid the legislation is.


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5:13PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

I agree, even being just about money, I'm happy they reject it.

10:40PM PST on Nov 8, 2011


8:58PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Talk about dumb legislation! Is just such a shame that couples must suffer ...

8:06PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

WOW, there is ONE place GREED might actually do some good.

2:01PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Huzzah for the pocketbook vote! I will make every effort to support those corporations. Religion-based law....phooey.

1:08PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Glad they have climbed aboard even if their reasons are just financial.

12:20PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

When I saw the headline I thought, "wow, that's great". Then I read their reason. I should have known money would be involved. They can't oppose it just because it's plain wrong. There has to be a financial reason. Business as usual.

12:09PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Why cant we just treat marriage and commitment as just what they are!!! Marriage and commitment!! Why do we insist on shoving this DOMA down people's throats? Cant we just Live?? Be?? Let others Live and Be??? If two people are married, they get certain rights, benefits etc.... What's the big deal if they are same sex or not?? Are they less deserving of fair treatment?

Any two people who wish to commit thru a ceremony should be allowed to do so. Period!! As long as they are adults, consenting adults, then what's the problem? Where does someone else's relationship affect me?? It Doesn't!!!

Cant we just keep our own backyards clean and let others live, love and marry as they wish? We have much more to worry about and wouldnt things go easier if we were all in agreement, we all accepted each other as fellow human beings walking on this planet? Wouldn't it be better if we all showed respect for each other's choices and allowed each of us our own mistakes and victories? How hard is that......"Imagine".....I can dream can't I??

11:00AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Hurray! One of the few times big business is on the right side of an issue. By the way Christopher F., Walt Disney must be spinning like a high speed lathe about Gay Day at his parks.

10:32AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Gary A.: "Gee David, I didn't know that about Levi Strauss. Now I'll have to run out and buy some Levis,,,

Thanks for that info,,,"

A Green Star for you too!

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