Will the “Defense of Marriage Act” be Struck Down?

Will the “Defense of Marriage Act” be Struck Down?Will the “Defense of Marriage Act” be Struck Down?

In a follow up to an article I wrote a couple of days ago, noting that the Obama administration was filing a brief to strike down provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act because it prohibited “equal protection under the law”, over 200 businesses have joined the President.

Companies including Microsoft Corp, Google Inc, Starbucks Corp and Pfizer Inc are among those that joined the brief. Others included Aetna Inc, Amazon.com, Inc and Citigroup Inc.

Thomson Reuters Corp is another signatory. The Reuters news agency is part of Thomson Reuters.

They will petition the Court today, the company lawyers have a prepared brief.  The Court will be hearing arguments about repealing California’s proposition 8 on March 26th, and the Obama Administration’s brief on the following day.

In the brief filed on Wednesday, attorney Sabin Willett wrote that DOMA “requires that employers treat one employee differently from another, when each is married, and each marriage is equally lawful.”

Willett also wrote that the law forces companies to discriminate, sometimes in contravention of their own internal policies and local laws, when dealing with healthcare plans and other benefits.

“We must do all of this in states, counties and cities that prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and demand equal treatment of all married individuals,” he added.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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