Numerous high-profile companies came forward Wednesday in support of the Supreme Court's decision to effectively kill both the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. And while additional hurdles remain in the battle for marriage equality, there's little ambiguity on which side these companies stand:
"Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today."
"Equality is a core value of the company. Starbucks has offered domestic partner benefits to our partners for more than two decades. That said, we are very pleased with today’s ruling. Starbucks always puts our people first, and we will continue to advocate for equality inclusion."
"Google is fully supportive of equal rights for all."
"Approximately 70% of people on Facebook in the U.S. are connected to a friend who has expressly identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual on their timeline. #PrideConnectsUs"
"eBay is pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision strike down part of DOMA. As a growing global company with a diverse workforce of 31,500 employees worldwide, eBay embraces the core values of non-discrimination, diversity and inclusion. Our support for marriage equality is a natural extension of our support for eBay’s LGBT employees and a reflection of our company’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace."
"NIKE, Inc., has long supported the recognition of same-sex civil marriage, domestic partnerships and workplace non-discrimination, and we are pleased the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality. NIKE, Inc., endorsed and signed the business coalition amicus brief opposing the Defense of Marriage Act because we are a company committed to diversity and inclusion, and we believe all of our employees should be treated equally."
Ben & Jerry's:
"We are proud that today's Supreme Court rulings are an historic step forward on the road to marriage equality."
"As a San Francisco based-brand, we celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling moving California forward on the road to marriage equality."
Levi Strauss & Co.:
“We applaud the Supreme Court’s decisions in today’s historic rulings. Though the struggle is far from over, today is a pivotal step forward in the on-going fight for marriage equality."
“Today’s decision turns the page on a law that made it more difficult for us to treat all of our employees, regardless of sexual orientation, equally. Microsoft joined dozens of corporations, organizations and governments in support of the challenge to DOMA because of the significant costs and administrative burdens it imposed on employers and because it interfered with our efforts to promote diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace.”
"We joined other leading companies in signing the amicus brief in support of the alignment of state and federal law, and are pleased to see today’s ruling in line with streamlined business practices and the general direction of the country."
— MasterCard (@MasterCard) June 26, 2013
"Today, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a landmark decision invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act, a law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. The historic occasion is being documented on Instagram by the thousands of people who turned out in front of the Supreme Court—some even camping through the night—to hear the decision, which was announced shortly after 10 a.m. ET."
Johnson & Johnson:
“We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision... We believe that all lawfully married employees should be treated by our company in the same way.”
Ernst & Young:
"Ernst & Young is very committed to diversity and inclusiveness and we believe that difference matters, including the sexual orientation and gender identity of our LGBT professionals. Non-discrimination policies, benefits and other practices that include LGBT workers are essential for U.S. businesses as they compete for talent and customers. At Ernst & Young, we have found that to be especially true and have been on the forefront of offering our LGBT professionals spousal equivalency in our benefits, policies and practices. We are proud that our actions with same-sex domestic partner benefits align with the decisions made today and are happy for the recognition afforded to our LGBT professionals."
Mondelēz International (Oreos Maker):
"At Mondelēz International, being open and inclusive is one of our core values and essential to our growth strategy. Our commitment includes welcoming each employee’s unique skills and perspectives. And it extends beyond the workplace, too, where we have a long history of support for underrepresented communities. We heartily support equal rights for LGBT people."
We at MJ are proud of our country! The Supreme Court has voted down DOMA. Thank you Justice Anthony M. Kennedy!
— Marc Jacobs Intl (@MarcJacobsIntl) June 26, 2013
"UBS is pleased with today's decision, as our firm is committed to equality for all our employees and maintaining an inclusive workplace. We were proud to be one of the firms who signed the amicus brief in support of the repeal of DOMA."
"As a signatory to the amicus brief in support of Edith Windsor and the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act, Citi welcomes today's ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Citi promotes a work environment where diversity is embraced and where our differences are valued and respected."
“Orbitz has a long-history and deep commitment to promoting tolerance, non-discrimination and equality as an integral part of our employment practices as well as our marketing efforts... we applaud today’s Supreme Court decision.”
"We have a history of promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace, bringing together people with unique life experiences, cultures and backgrounds to promote a creative, innovative and collaborative environment. We have a strong commitment to respecting one another, treating employees equally and creating workplace equality."
“Today’s decisions help define who we are as a people, whether or not we are part of the group directly affected." - Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein
"We welcome today's Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality as a significant step forward in ensuring workplace equality."
Expedia is a global organization. Our employees bring an infinite amount of life experience and insight with them when they come to work every day. We thrive as an organization because we embrace that diversity – diversity of opinion, of orientation, of race. Today’s Supreme Court decisions are an important step forward for diversity and equal rights, and we applaud them.
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06/26/2013 7:32 PM EDT
Catholic Archbishop: DOMA, Prop 8 Rulings 'Hurt Us All'
Some Catholic leaders are asking parishioners to consider the judgment of a higher power, not the nation's highest court.
Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron issued a statement criticizing the Supreme Court's decision in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases, saying that attempts to redefine marriage "hurt us all."
The well-being of our society, our nation, and our families is intimately linked to the institution of marriage. These decisions by the United States Supreme Court will make significantly more difficult our work of upholding the truth that marriage is a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. Such decisions, made by any civic authority, do not serve the common good.
Catholics and millions of our fellow citizens will continue to make the case, respectfully yet vigorously, that marriage cannot be redefined, and that attempts to do so hurt us all.
Read more here.
06/26/2013 5:58 PM EDT
Stonewall Inn Crowd Celebrates DOMA, Vows To Keep Fighting
The Huffington Post's Lila Shapiro reports:
NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, the Stonewall Inn opened earlier than usual. At 10 a.m., the day the U.S. Supreme Court handed the gay rights movement a landmark victory, the historic bar was dimly lit, strung with rainbow flags, and filled with revelers toasting each other and pledging their determination to keep fighting.
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06/26/2013 4:16 PM EDT
Washington National Cathedral Rings Bells Celebrating Gay Marriage Rulings
The Washington National Cathedral rang bells at noon today to celebrate the Supreme Court rulings on the Defense Of Marriage Act and Prop 8.
Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of the Cathedral, released a statement soon after the rulings were announced:
“We are ringing our bells at the Cathedral to celebrate the extension of federal marriage equality to all the same-sex couples modeling God’s love in lifelong covenants," he said. "Our prayers for continued happiness are with them and with all couples who will be joined in matrimony in the years to come, whether at Washington National Cathedral or elsewhere."
Click here to hear the bells.
06/26/2013 4:12 PM EDT
Matthew Shepard's Mom Responds To DOMA Ruling
Matthew Shepard's mom, Judy, said she wished her son had lived to see Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA.
"I wish he'd been here to see it," she said. "This case warms my heart, to think that his dream is still coming true."
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06/26/2013 3:45 PM EDT
Marriage Equality Supporters Pictured Reacting To SCOTUS Rulings From Stonewall Inn
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06/26/2013 3:31 PM EDT
Celebrating From Stonewall Inn, Iconic Location Credited For The Start Of The LGBT Movement
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06/26/2013 3:20 PM EDT
Couple Kiss, Celebrate SCOTUS Decisions While Holding Their Soon-To-Be Adopted Children
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06/26/2013 3:09 PM EDT
DOMA Decision Helps LGBT Couples On Immigration
HuffPost's Elise Foley reports:
Judy Rickard, who is 65, and Karin Bogliolo, who is 72, have been together for eight years, legal domestic partners for five and legally married for two. They're one of an estimated 28,500 binational same-sex couples who have been excluded from immigration benefits because of DOMA, which disallowed the federal government from recognizing their marriages. The ruling doesn't entirely fix the problem -- couples must be married rather than partners, and must travel to a state that allows same-sex marriage if they don't live in one -- but it's still a major victory for LGBT rights.
Read more about Rickard and Bogliolo and more couples helped by the DOMA decision here.
06/26/2013 3:07 PM EDT
Food Network Host Announces Engagement To Partner Of 20 Years
Ted Allen, host of the hit Food Network show "Chopped" and his partner of 20 years, interior designer Barry Rice, were "over the moon" when they read on Wednesday morning that the court had ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
Their day had come. They were getting married. Allen quickly announced their engagement on Twitter and Facebook. He said that the notices garnered the most enthusiastic response of any he'd ever posted; his Facebook status received 417 comments in the first 40 minutes.
Fellow food competition host Tom Colicchio sent his enthusiastic congratulations to the couple via Twitter.
Allen said that he and Rice would soon begin preparing for their wedding, likely a quiet affair in New York, but for now they're content to revel in the good news.
"I don't think that by any means our movement is finished, that our work is done, but this was an enormous hurdle," he said. "DOMA has been Chopped, sir."
-- Joe Satran
06/26/2013 3:01 PM EDT
'Make Them Hear You'
The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington gathered outside the Supreme Court Tuesday, singing "Make Them Hear You" after the Supreme Court rulings. Watch a video of the performance below: