Scores of businesses have filed a legal brief urging the court to overturn the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), arguing that the law inhibits the companies from favoring same-sex employees as they desire. Advocates for the destruction of the familial basis for society include Starbucks, Google, Nike, CBS, Aetna, Levi, Microsoft, New Balance, Time Warner, Xerox and many others.
For background, read Largest Corporations Stampede to Support 'Gay Agenda'
In addition, read Traditional Marriage Law Unconstitutional: Federal Judge on DOMA and also read Obama, Senate Full Assault on Marriage
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UPDATE 7/27/14: Iowa Newspaper Fires Editor for Opposing Gay Agenda
-- From "Starbucks, Levi urge gay 'marriage' recognition" by Michael Foust, associate editor of Baptist Press 11/11/11
The friend-of-the-court brief asks the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a 2010 lower court ruling that struck down part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. In that ruling, Judge Joseph L. Tauro said the federal government must recognize gay "marriages" from such states as Massachusetts, Vermont and the other four states where it's legal.
"Our burden arises because federal law intrudes to conflict with state law, forcing the employer to create two groups of married employees, and to treat one group differently from another," the brief states. "... DOMA forces amici to investigate the gender of the spouses of our lawfully married employees and then to single out those employees with a same-sex spouse."
The Defense of Marriage Act, the brief says, leads to higher taxes on same-sex spouses and harms morale.
Essentially, the companies are asking the federal government to help them save money. The New York Times reported in May that some companies already are making up for the tax disparity by actually paying the extra tax for gay employees.
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