Corporate Support for Same-Sex Marriage Continues to Increase

As more and more companies focus on socially conscious initiatives, it is a positive step for gay rights activists that so many of those corporations are lending their support to the marriage equality movement.  Politico reported that:

“Nowhere is that more apparent than in the lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, which a federal appeals court called unconstitutional on Thursday. Forty-eight companies, including Nike, Time Warner Cable, Aetna, Exelon Corp., and Xerox had signed a brief arguing that the law negatively affected their businesses.”

The article notes that in 2011, some 25 executives, including the CEOs of Goldman Sachs, Viacom and Alcoa, lobbied legislators in New York legislators to legalize same-sex marriage in that state.  Further, in January of 2012, several major corporations, including Microsoft, Boeing, Vulcan and RealNetworks,  supported a bill in Washington State that would legalize gay marriage there.

Retail giant, Target, which lent its support to the fight for same-sex marriage in Minnesota two years ago, is selling Pride tee shirtsto raise money for a Minnesota gay rights group working to fight the marriage ban in that state.

As polls continue to show an increase in the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage, it is reassuring that major corporations are standing up to the opposition in favor of marriage equality.  Kudos to every company that does the right thing.

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