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USA, Oregon: Intel Supports Marriage Equality Initiative

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Intel LogoComputing giant Intel came out in support of Oregon’s marriage equality initiative.

The Oregonian reports:

Count Intel among the big businesses in Oregon backing same-sex marriage rights, even before an initiative to make it legal in the state makes the ballot… Though Intel employs more Oregonians than any other business (it has more than 17,000 workers in Washington County) the company’s headquarters is in California. Intel usually resists taking a public stance on Oregon policy issues. Instead, the company works through groups in which it is a member – including the OBA – or through lobbyists in Salem.

Asked directly about its position on the pending Oregon ballot measure, Intel spokeswoman Chelsea Hossaini wrote: “Intel Corporation supports marriage equality. In Oregon, Intel is a board member of the Portland Business Alliance and the Oregon Business Association. Both organizations voted and have publicly supported marriage equality this year.”

Another big corporation sees that it’s in its best interest to support marriage equality.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Oregon.

USA: Apple, Morgan Stanley, Facebook, Intel, Others File Amicus Brief Against Prop 8

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

US Supreme CourtDozens of major corporations are set to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging it to overturn Prop 8 and make marriage equality the law of the land, Bloomberg reports:

Dozens of companies, including Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Morgan Stanley (MS), are planning to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, saying bans in 41 states harm workplace morale and undermine recruiting. The group, which also includes Facebook Inc. (FB) and Intel Corp., (INTC) will make its case this week as the high court prepares to take up California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that halted gay marriage after it was allowed for five months.

The brief explains:

“No matter how welcoming the corporate culture, it cannot overcome the societal stigma institutionalized by Proposition 8 and similar laws,” the companies will argue, according to a copy of the brief provided by Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe LLP, the law firm representing the group.

Another, larger group is filing a brief in the Defense of Marriage Act case:

A larger group of companies — more than 200 — is also poised to side with gay-rights advocates in a second Supreme Court case, involving a federal law that defines marriage as a heterosexual union. Under that law, known as the Defense of Marriage Act, legally married gay couples can’t claim the federal tax breaks and other benefits available to opposite-sex spouses.

The pressure mounts…