BOSTON, November 7, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A lawsuit seeking to nullify a U.S. law that protects marriage as between a man and a woman on the federal level has received the support of some of the largest and most powerful corporations in the country.
A friend-of-the-court brief filed last Thursday in the case of Commonwealth of Massachusetts vs. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services argues that the Defense of Marriage Act imposes crippling burdens on employers.
Seventy employers are represented in the brief, including Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, NIKE, Levi Strauss and Co., CBS, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass., Time Warner Cable, Xerox, Zipcar, and Stonyfield Farm. The cities of New York, Boston, and Cambridge are also represented.
The document charges that DOMA causes “unnecessary cost and administrative complexity” for employers located in states where same-sex “marriage” is recognized by law.
Since same-sex “marriage” is recognized as legal in some states but not recognized by the federal government, employers must contend with a complex tax situation for “married” homosexual couples, the brief says.
It also complains that the law harms workplace morale and a company’s ability to recruit gay employees, causing companies to become “the face” of government “discrimination.”
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