The United States Supreme Court will hear argument next month in United States v. Windsor, which addresses the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Nearly 300 private-sector employers joined forces in opposition to the law, filing a joint amici brief. Among the employers who oppose the law are Citigroup, Google, Facebook, and Starbucks, reports the L.A. Times.
The employers voice a number of objections to the law, all arising from the conflict between state and federal law. Twelve states and the District of Columbia now recognize same-sex marriages. But federal law, pursuant to DOMA, prohibits the recognition of same-sex unions.
This contradiction puts employers-particularly those operating in multiple states-in a difficult position as they attempt to reconcile what they must do according to state law, what they must not do according to federal law, and, for many employers, what they want to do according to their own policies of anti-discrimination.