Wired: Apple, Google, Facebook Tell Supreme Court: Gay Marriage Is Good for Business

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    Mar 02, 2013 10:53 AM GMT
    http://www.wired.com/business/2013/02/apple-google-facebook-supreme-court-same-sex-marriage/

    nice move, what do you guys think?
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    Mar 02, 2013 1:36 PM GMT
    I am wondering, are they showing interest in gay marriage rights only because it is good for their business?...Because I know that almost all corporate companies primarily focus on money and have no secondary aim...

    Anyway, whatever may be the personal motive, it is always good to have a support for a moral cause, but it would be million times more grateful if the motive comes from heart not from business perspective...

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    Mar 02, 2013 2:14 PM GMT
    Harry7785 saidI am wondering, are they showing interest in gay marriage rights only because it is good for their business?...Because I know that almost all corporate companies primarily focus on money and have no secondary aim...

    Anyway, whatever may be the personal motive, it is always good to have a support for a moral cause, but it would be million times more grateful if the motive comes from heart not from business perspective...



    They are companies, they don't have hearts. But it shows that they care about their employees, I guess.
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    Mar 02, 2013 2:43 PM GMT
    klobasnik saidhttp://www.wired.com/business/2013/02/apple-google-facebook-supreme-court-same-sex-marriage/

    nice move, what do you guys think?


    This is great that they're supporting us, but the Supreme Court's job is not to do what's best for business. Their job is to uphold to Constitution. Hopefully, they see that a number of amendments are being violated by anti-gay marriage laws; most notably the first, eighth, ninth, and fourteenth.
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    Mar 02, 2013 2:58 PM GMT
    They all have a bunch of gay employees for sure.
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    Mar 02, 2013 3:19 PM GMT
    It seems like they are doing this primarily for business but then again why should anyone be surprised. Am just happy for the support, at least we can be sure that their straight and gay employees will be treated equally.
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    Mar 02, 2013 8:02 PM GMT
    It's a fantastic way to create support for equal marriage that doesn't rely only on morals and social equality. Great tactic. Sure, someone can claim to be anti gay marriage b/c of religion or twisted social arguments, but can they denounce it in the face of economic implications?

    In my mind they clearly support repealing DOMA from a moral standpoint, this just brings another aspect to the table.
  • Zinc

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    Mar 02, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    Also interesting is "75 Republicans Sign On to Gay-Marriage Push" reported in Slate.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/02/26/gop_amicus_brief_on_gay_marriage_jon_huntsman_meg_whitman_among_dozens_of.html
  • toastvenom

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    Mar 02, 2013 10:24 PM GMT
    really depressing to see that humanity's sense of what is socially just is dictated by commerce as opposed to this thing I read about back in the day called morality
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    Mar 02, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
    Companies exist to make profit. Happy employees are productive employees. It's as simple as that. Why would anyone expect a company to have a different motive in supporting this than profit? Good on them for standing up for us!
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    Mar 02, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    Here's a portion of the amici curiae brief filed by 278 corporations, law firms, professional organizations, civic organizations, and governmental entities in support of gay marriage. Here's a link to the full brief: http://www.americanbenefitscouncil.org/documents2013/amicus_doma022713.pdf.

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    Amici are financial institutions, medical centers,
    providers of health care and of health-care coverage,
    airlines, builders, energy and high technology businesses,
    manufacturers, media companies, insurers,
    pharmaceutical companies, law and professional
    firms, retailers, marketers, restaurants, non-profit
    organizations, the cities of Baltimore, Bangor, Boston,
    Cambridge, Hartford, Healdsburg, Los Angeles,
    New York, Northampton, Portsmouth, Providence,
    San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seattle, and West Hollywood,
    King and Santa Clara counties, and trade
    and professional associations. Amici are employers
    or associations of employers, and we share a desire to
    attract, retain, and secure a talented workforce. We
    are located in or operate in states that recognize marriages
    of certain of our employees and colleagues to
    spouses of the same sex. At the same time, we are
    subject to section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage
    Act (“DOMA”),2 which precludes federal recognition of
    these marriages. This dual regime uniquely burdens
    amici. It puts us, as employers, to unnecessary cost
    and administrative complexity, and regardless of our
    business or professional judgment forces us to treat
    one class of our lawfully married employees differently
    than another, when our success depends upon the
    welfare and morale of all employees. Amici write to
    advise the Court concerning the impact on the employer
    of these conflicting legal regimes.