SILICON VALLEY GIANTS: Here’s Who Led the Effort for Same-Sex Marriage

Published on June 28, 2015

Here’s who actually led the victory for the Supreme Court ruling on Friday.

There was a long line of advocates claiming responsibility for same-sex marriage’s victory at the Supreme Court on Friday, but a key driver was the support two years ago from 278 mostly multi-national tech companies that included Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, eBay, Electronic Arts, Intel, Intuit, Oracle, Twitter and Zynga.

These companies  filed a 2013 brief at the Supreme Court in support of overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. By 2015, the list had grown to 379 corporations.

The tech community’s argument for rallying to same-sex marriage was that it would be an affirmative statement in support of fairness. They claimed that the same-sex recognition by most, but not all states “needlessly burdens those companies with extra costs and bureaucratic tangles.” They complained that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) put the companies in the uncomfortable position of being forced “to treat one class of our lawfully married employees differently than another, when our success depends upon the welfare and morale of all employees.”

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