The nation's largest media, entertainment and tech companies, including Disney, CBS, Apple, Facebook and Google, are pulling together in asking the Supreme Court to overturn the the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
A total of 278 companies and organizations filed the amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the Supreme Court of the United States, which will hear oral arguments in U.S. v. Windsor on March 27. The Obama Administration also filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn the law.
In the brief, the companies argue that the current law hurts because it forces companies to "treat one employee differently from another" in providing benefits such as health insurance, "impairs employer/employee relations," and increases compliance and litigation costs and risks.
"Our organizations are engaged in national and international competition, for talent, customers and business. That competition demands teamwork, and teamwork thrives when the organization minimizes distracting differences and focuses on a common mission. DOMA's core mandate, that we single out some of our married colleagues and treat them as a lesser class, upsets this imperative," the brief said.