Apple Applauds Supreme Court For Overturning DOMA

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In a landmark victory for same-sex marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the bill passed in 1996 that ruled same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. After voting 5-4 in the decision, the Supreme court justices threw out part of the law that denies federal benefits same-sex couples.

To celebrate the decision, Apple released the following statement to All Things D regarding the Supreme Court ruling:

“Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today.”

In a statement earlier this year, Apple had the following to say about DOMA:

“DOMA hurts legally married same-sex couples and prevents companies from treating all employees as equals. Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we hope the Supreme Court will declare the law unconstitutional.”

The Supreme Court also handed same-sex marriage advocates another victory by clearing the way for gay and lesbian couples in California to marry, by voting 5-4 to dismiss a Prop. 8 appeal over same-sex marriage on jurisdictional grounds.

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  • joeljupp

    Whether Chick-Fil-A or Apple, businesses should treat people fairly, but not take political positions. Leave that to philosophers, politicians, civil rights activists, and religious leaders. In the meantime, treat people fairly and follow the law. We are purchasing products, whether that be a chicken sandwich or a phone, not asking for you to enter into political discourse.

  • joeljupp

    Whether Chick-Fil-A or Apple, businesses should treat people fairly, but not take political positions. Leave that to philosophers, politicians, civil rights activists, and religious leaders. In the meantime, treat people fairly and follow the law. We are purchasing products, whether that be a chicken sandwich or a phone, not asking for you to enter into political discourse.

  • JohnSpasm

    Agree with Joe, this doesn’t look like Apple really

  • DJR

    Whether Chick-Fil-A or Apple, businesses should treat people fairly, but not take political positions. Leave that to philosophers, politicians, civil rights activists, and religious leaders. In the meantime, treat people fairly and follow the law. We are purchasing products, whether that be a chicken sandwich or a phone, not asking for you to enter into political discourse.

    Couldn’t agree more. Corporate execs, use your private wealth to donate privately to causes you believe in, but don’t use your corporate soapbox to take political stands.

  • Shane Bryson

    Whether Chick-Fil-A or Apple, businesses should treat people fairly, but not take political positions. Leave that to philosophers, politicians, civil rights activists, and religious leaders. In the meantime, treat people fairly and follow the law. We are purchasing products, whether that be a chicken sandwich or a phone, not asking for you to enter into political discourse.

    They should 100% take a stance on issues like this. Under federal law, they were not able to treat every employee the same. That’s an issue any company should take up and take a political and vocal stance on.

  • Robert X
    Whether Chick-Fil-A or Apple, businesses should treat people fairly, but not take political positions. Leave that to philosophers, politicians, civil rights activists, and religious leaders. In the meantime, treat people fairly and follow the law. We are purchasing products, whether that be a chicken sandwich or a phone, not asking for you to enter into political discourse.

    They should 100% take a stance on issues like this. Under federal law, they were not able to treat every employee the same. That’s an issue any company should take up and take a political and vocal stance on.

    DOMA only applied to the Federal government.

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