Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is one of 60 companies that have signed a filing that is destined for the US Supreme Court. This filing shows support for gay marriage in the United States. The court is currently debating the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which was voted on by the public in 2008. Proposition 8 barred gay marriage in that state, and Apple publicly opposed Prop 8 at the time it was being voted on.
Currently, only 9 states permit same-sex marriage. The companies signed onto this filling are arguing that workplace morale and recruiting is suffering in the other 41 states. Some of the companies signing the filing are: Nike, Facebook and Intel.
Rarely do I stray into such topics, because it will likely spark vitriolic comments. However, I feel that this is one of the few times it is appropriate. This subject is of the upmost importance. Besides, I do see it as the companies who signed the filing do- this does nothing but muddle the pool from which companies can hire potentially talented people who are otherwise ostracized. In other words, the LGBT community will stay in the states in which gay marriage is accepted, keeping them from working at companies that would otherwise hire them.
I hope these companies can weigh in on the matter, and affect change for the better.