Tech firm joins Facebook, Intel and Microsoft in support of same-sex marriage

Apple argues that ban on gay marriage harms workplace morale

Apple is the latest technology firm to show its support for gender equality by asking the US Supreme Court to legalise gay marriage.

The iPhone maker joins the likes of Facebook, Intel, and Microsoft, according to Bloomberg.

The companies argue that the ban on same-sex marriage in 41 states harms workplace morale and undermines recruiting.

Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe, the legal team representing the group said: “No matter how welcoming the corporate culture, it cannot overcome the societal stigma institutionalised by Proposition 8 and similar laws.”

The justices will hear arguments on March 26th on California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that halted gay marriage in the state after it was allowed for five months.

Google has been one particular technology firm that has always made a stand for gender equality. The company has previously paid employees in gay relationships extra to help compensate for their higher tax bills, as they could not marry.

Gay flag image via Shuttershock

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