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The Thirty Corporations Supporting Marriage Equality at the US Supreme Court

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Nike Be True

Last week, a group of thirty corporations submitted an amicus brief for marriage equality with the US Supreme Court.

Dot 429 has the List:

Alcoa Inc.
Amazon.com, Inc.
Aspen Skiing Company
Ben & Jerry’s
Bloomberg L.P.
CBS Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Cummins Inc.
Deutsche Bank AG
Eastern Bank Corporation
eBay, Inc.
General Electric Company
Intel Corporation
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC
Levi Strauss & Company
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
NIKE, Inc.
Oracle America, Inc.
Outerwall Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
Qualcomm Incorporated
Staples, Inc.
State Street Corporation
SunLife Financial (U.S.) Services Company
Support.com
Symantec
Target
United Therapeutics Corporation
Viacom

Let these companies know you appreciate their support for LGBT rights and marriage equality.

USA, Hawaii/Nevada: Fourteen States File Brief for Marriage Equality

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Gay Wedding RingsMassachusetts AG Martha Coakley is leading a coalition of states that’s filing a brief urging the courts to bring marriage equality to Hawaii and Nevada.

Boston.com reports:

Coakley is leading a coalition of states in filing a brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing the laws violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and should be struck down. Coakley said the experience in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, shows that allowing same-sex couples to marry only strengthens the institution of marriage. Coakley led the filing of the amicus brief on behalf of Massachusetts and 13 other states, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Both cases are reaching the appeals stage at the same time.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Hawaii.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Nevada.

USA, Michigan: Law School Files Amicus Brief in Marriage Equality Case

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

MichiganA Michigan law school has filed an amicus brief in favor of marriage equality in an ongoing lawsuit there.

The Grand Rapids Business Journal reports:

Eight professors from Thomas M. Cooley Law School have filed a joint amicus brief in the marriage equality case DeBoer v. Snyder, which challenges the legality of both the 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Michigan and the Michigan Adoption Code. An amicus brief, or “friend of the court” brief, makes arguments and provides information that might be helpful to the court. “This amendment not only bans same-sex marriage, it also harms the families of same-sex couples, depriving them of the protections of Michigan law,” said Dan Ray, professor of constitutional law at Cooley and one of the amicus brief authors.

Oral arguments are planned for October 1st in the case in Federal Court.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Michigan.

USA, Illinois: 200+ Religious Leaders Ask Court to Legalize Marriage Equality

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Illinois mapIn Illinois, a group of religious leaders filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting marriage equality. Chicago Pride reports:

More than 200 religious leaders and faith communities today asked an Illinois circuit court judge to overturn the state’s statute that prohibits same-sex marriages, arguing that religious doctrine should not be written into state law. Authored by the law firm of Miller Shakman & Beem of Chicago on behalf of faith leaders across Illinois, the friend of the court brief states, “The views of some religions should not be imposed on others, enshrined in legal doctrine, or used to deny same-sex couples equal legal standing in the eyes of Illinois law. Tradition does not justify abrogating individuals’ constitutional rights.”

Remember when there were only a few religious leaders on our side?

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Illinois.

USA: Right-Wing Actor Clint Eastwood Joins Pro Marriage Equality Amicus Brief

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Clint EastwoodSome surprising news from a surprising source today on the marriage equality fight at the US Supreme Court. Breitbart.com broke the news today that tea-party favorite Clint Eastwood has signed an amicus brief by a group of prominent republicans supporting the repeal of Prop 8. NBC News reports:

Clint Eastwood has joined more than 100 Republicans in arguing that gays and lesbians should be allowed to legally wed, the advocacy group waging the legal battle against California’s ban on same-sex marriage said Thursday. Manny Rivera, a spokesman for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, confirmed to NBC News that Eastwood had signed the brief to be filed with the Supreme Court in the Proposition 8 case. Calls and an email placed to representatives for the Oscar-winning actor and director were not immediately returned.

Did his chair endorse it too?

Ken Mehlman’s Big Gay Marriage Mission

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Ken MehlmanGeorge W. Bush’s former campaign manager and former chairman of the RNC must feel like he has some atoning to do. He apparently provided the impetus behind the new amicus brief featuring more than 100 top republicans that has just been filed with the US Supreme Court urging the overturn of Prop 8 and full marriage equality for same sex couples, the New Yorker reports:

It’s not just that Ken Mehlman is a prominent Republican, which makes him an important asset to–and, now, organizer in–the gay-rights movement; it’s that he is one of the smartest political operatives anywhere in the country right now, and that he understands better than perhaps anyone how moderate and persuadable Republicans think. These are the very people the gay-rights movement is now trying to speak to. As Mehlman told the Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “We are trying to say to the Court that we are judicial and political conservatives, and it is consistent with our values and philosophy for you to overturn Proposition 8.”

Mehlman eats a little crow in the article for failing to speak out sooner:

“At a personal level, I wish I had spoken out against the [anti-gay] effort… As I’ve been involved in the fight for marriage equality, one of the things I’ve learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved. I apologize to them and tell them I am sorry. While there have been recent victories, this could still be a long struggle in which there will be setbacks, and I’ll do my part to be helpful.”

While we agree, we also think that late is better than never. And who knows? This could be the brief that makes the difference.

USA: List of Republican Co-Signers of Prop 8 Amicus Brief Now Over 100

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Prop 8More than a hundred GOP leaders and lawmakers have now signed on to the amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court to repeal Prop 8, The New York Times reports:

More than two dozen Republicans — including a top adviser to Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, and a former congresswoman who made banning same-sex marriage her signature issue — have added their names to a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to declare that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed.

New names include:

The list of Republicans on the brief now tallies more than 100, organizers say. It now includes Beth Myers, who ran Mr. Romney’s 2008 campaign and was a senior adviser to him in 2012, and Marilyn Musgrave, a retired Colorado congresswoman who was once rated the most conservative member of the House by the American Conservative Union.

Think this will get the attention of Alito et al?

Will The Obama Administration File a Brief in the Prop 8 Case?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Prop 8There’s just one day to go before the deadline for amicus briefs on the Prop 8 case, and so far, the Obama Administration hasn’t filed one. America Blog reports:

While the President did file a brief the other day in the sister-case before the Supreme Court, challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans legally-wed gay couples from receiving federal marriage benefits (among doing other things), he has so far not indicated a willingness to do so in the Prop 8 case. And both legal and political experts I’ve spoken to do not understand why not.

John Aravosis speculates:

It’s entirely possible that the Justice Department, or someone else in the Obama administration, has found a non-gay reason for why they don’t want to file a brief in the Prop 8 case. They’re afraid that somehow, somewhere, in some way filing a Prop 8 brief will negatively affect some other unrelated thing that they care about.

I guess we’ll see tomorrow.

California, USA: HP CEO Whitman Explains About-Face on Prop 8

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Meg WhitmanInteresting. Other California residents will remember how Meg Whitman criticized state officials for not fighting to uphold Prop 8 when she ran for governor three years ago. Towleroad explains her change of heart (from her linked-in post):

The facts and arguments presented during the legal process since then have had a profound impact on my thinking.

In reviewing the amicus brief before deciding to put my signature on it, one passage struck an immediate chord with me. In explaining his own support for same-sex marriage, British Prime Minister David Cameron once said, “Society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage despite being a conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a conservative.”

Now the question is – will more Republicans embrace this philosophy?

California, USA: Freshman Gay Congressman Urges President Obama to File Prop 8 Brief

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Mark Takano, California RepresentativeOpenly gay southern California democrat Mark Takano is urging President Obama to follow up his Friday Defense of Marriage Act brief with one on the repeal of Prop 8. Gay Star News reports:

Takano wrote a letter Tuesday (26 February) to Obama asking hin to instruct his Justice Department file a brief arguing that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional just as it did last week in a brief to the high court on a case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act. ‘My district includes thousands of loving gay and lesbian couples, who are not able to marry due to Proposition 8,’ Takano writes. ‘They are our families, our friends and neighbors. They are doctors, veterans, teachers, gardeners, firefighters and police officers. They are Americans. Every day that they cannot enjoy the same rights and obligations enjoyed by other Americans, they and their families suffer.’

The pressure is building.