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Today, Out & Equal joined two hundred and seventy eight organizations, including some of the world's top corporations, in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on the impact of DOMA upon American employers. Amicus briefs are a way for parties not involved in a case to provide information that will be considered by the judge; this additional information becomes part of the official case record.

This brief is being submitted to the case of the United States vs. Windsor, one of the two cases related to marriage equality that the Supreme Court will consider a month from today.
Out & Equal was proud to contribute to the brief, joining employers from across sectors including our longtime partners Thomson Reuters, Ernst & Young, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Citigroup, Intuit, Marriott, Diageo, among others.* The brief demonstrates the many ways in which DOMA creates inequities that are bad for business: 
  • DOMA burdens employers with administrative nightmares and punitive expense.
  • It forces employers to discriminate against their employees, regardless of their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

In short, DOMA threatens business success, and the creation of an inclusive society. In order to attract the best employees and colleagues, employers must offer robust workplace benefits and a workplace ethos of transparent fairness. Satisfied and engaged employees are more productive and perform better across a variety of metrics. Workplace benefits enhance the employer/ employee relationship, and this relationship is key to organizational success.  


Having devoted my life to this work, it is so rewarding to stand stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners before the highest court of our land with the momentum of justice in our favor.  

Yours in equality,
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  Selisse Berry
  Founding Executive Director
  Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

P.S. View the full brief here. To contribute to Out & Equal as we advocate for full equality for LGBT people in the workplace, click here.   


*Other organizations contributing included Alaska Airlines, Apple, Avanade, BlackRock, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Bank AG, The Goldman Sachs Group, Google, Intel Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Strauss & Co, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, National Lesbian and Gay Chamber of Commerce, New York Life Insurance Company, Olivia Companies, Oracle America, Pfizer, UBS AG, Walt Disney Company, Witeck Communications, and Xerox. View the full list of organizations which participated in the brief here.