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173 Corporations Including Disney, Sony, and Comcast Sign Letter Supporting Gay Marriage Act

Over 170 corporations have signed their support to codify gay marriage on a federal level. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade, which sent the issue of abortion back to the state level per the 10th amendment, the U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on a bill titled the “Respect for Marriage Act”

Over 170 corporations have signed their support to codify gay marriage on a federal level. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade, which sent the issue of abortion back to the state level per the 10th amendment, the U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on a bill titled the “Respect for Marriage Act”

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The bill was seemingly constructed in response to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who last month argued, “In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell. Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous,’ we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents.”

He later argued, “In future cases, we should ‘follow the text of the Constitution, which sets forth certain substantive rights that cannot be taken away, and adds, beyond that, a right to due process when life, liberty, or property is taken away.’ Substantive due process conflicts with that textual command and has harmed our country in many ways. Accordingly, we should eliminate it from our jurisprudence at the earliest opportunity.”

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In 2015, the Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges awarded same-sex couples the right to marry in the United States after challenges in the district courts and appeals courts upheld Baker v. Nelson which found state-level bans on same-sex marriage to be constitutional.

The House voted 267-157 to approve the Respect for Marriage Act which seeks to codify federal recognition for same-sex marriage.  

 

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has now mobilized 173 major businesses to sign a letter encouraging politicians to support the passage of this new bill.

According to the HRC, the letter will be delivered to every senator in the country, and states that the signatories value diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“Americans from all walks of life, across demographics, geographies, and party lines agree that loving, committed couples have the right to be respected and protected under the law,” the letter reads. “No person, including same-sex couples and interracial couples protected by this bill, should fear their marriage will not be recognized by the federal government or their employment benefits threatened.”

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“For the first time in our nation’s history, we are so close to codifying marriage equality as the law of our land so close to ensuring that every family will have the freedom to love whom they love,” HRC interim president Joni Madison said. “I thank the 173 businesses who have taken a stand and joined the fight for LGBTQ+ equality on behalf of their employees and customers, for whom this is entirely personal.”

The 173 corporations who signed the letter are:

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Accenture Airbnb
Alaska Airlines
Altria Group
Amalgamated Bank
Amazon.com, Inc.
American Airlines
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Apple Applied Materials, Inc.
Asana, Inc.
AT&T, Inc.
Autodesk, Inc.
Bain & Company
Bank of America
BASF Corporation

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Bayer U.S. LLC
BCW Berkshire Bank
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Bloomberg LP
Boehringer Ingelheim USA
Boston Beer Company
Boston Consulting Group
Boston Scientific Corp.
Braze, Inc.
Cardinal Health
Cargo Transporters, Inc.
Carlyle Celanese Corporation
Chobani, LLC
Citigroup, Inc.
Comcast NBCUniversal
Constellation Energy Corporation
Cox Enterprises
CVS Health
Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.
Danone North America
Deckers Brands (UGG, HOKA, Teva, Sanuk and Koolaburra by UGG)
Dell Technologies
Delta Air Lines
Deutsche Bank USA Corp.
DoorDash
Dow
DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

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Ecolab
Equinix
Equitable
Ernst & Young, LLP
Eventbrite Exelon
General Mills
General Motors Gilead Sciences, Inc.
GitHub
Google
H&R Block Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hexion Inc.
HP
Hyatt
IAC
IBM
IFF
IHG Hotels & Resorts
IKEA Retail US Intel
IRI (Information Resources, Inc.)

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Jacobs
Johnson & Johnson
JPMorgan Chase
Kearney Kellogg
Company
KIND LLC
KPMG LLP
Levi Strauss & Co.
LinkedIn
Logitech
Lowenstein Sandler
Lush Cosmetics – North America
Lyft, Inc.
Macy’s, Inc.
Marriott International
Mars, Incorporated
Marsh
McLennan Match Group
Medtronic Meta Platforms, Inc.
Michael Page International
Micron Technology, Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Molson Coors Beverage Company
Mondelez International
Morgan Stanley
Motive National Grid

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Nestlé USA
New Belgium Brewing
New York Life
NIKE, Inc.
Nordstrom, Inc.
Okta
Oracle
Owens Corning
Patagonia
PayPal
PepsiCo
Pfizer
Pinterest
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Power Home Remodeling
PwC
Raymond James Financial
Red Hat, Inc.
Redfin
REI Co-op
Rockwell Automation
Royal Bank of Canada

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Salesforce
SAP America, Inc.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Shipt
Shutterstock
Siemens Healthineers
Sony Corporation of America
Sony Electronics Inc
Sony Music Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Southwest Airlines Co.
Standard Chartered Bank USA
Stanley Black & Decker
Starbucks
Sunrun, Inc
Sustainable Food Policy Alliance
Synchrony
T-Mobile
Target
Tesla, Inc.
The Clorox Company
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
The J.M. Smucker Co.
The Knot Worldwide
The Walt Disney Company
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
TIAA Tiffany & Co.
Toyota North America
TPG
Tripadvisor
Twitter

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U.S. Bank
UKG
Unilever United States
United Airlines
Universal Music Group
Upwork
Verizon
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
VF Corporation
Via Transportation
VMLY&R
VMware
Walgreens Boots Alliance
Warner Music Group
Wells Fargo & Co.
Workday Inc.
WPP
Xperi Holding Corporation
Ziff Davis
Zillow

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Democrats are hoping to get this bill passed in the Senate before the results of the 2022 midterms in November. The bill needs 60 votes in the Senate in order to avoid a filibuster.

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