Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are among
the companies signing on to a legal brief in support of gay marriage.
According to Bloomberg,
the brief will be submitted this week to the Supreme Court in support
of a suit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8,
California's 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting
marriage to heterosexual unions.
Passage of Proposition 8 put an end to
the weddings of gay and lesbian couples taking place in the state
after the California Supreme Court legalized such unions.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments
in the case next month and is expected to hand down a ruling in June.
In the brief, the companies argue that
such bans harm workplace morale and undermine recruiting.
“No matter how welcoming the
corporate culture, it cannot overcome the societal stigma
institutionalized by Proposition 8 and similar laws,” the companies
A second group of companies, more than
200, are expected to file a separate brief in a case challenging the
constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which
prevents federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay
and lesbian couples.