Apple Speaks Out Against DOMA & Proposition 8

As reported by Mike Issac and John Paczkowski for All Things D:

“DOMA hurts legally married same-sex couples and prevents companies from treating all employees as equals,” Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told AllThingsD. “Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we hope the Supreme Court will declare the law unconstitutional.”

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Apple has a past of combating issues like Prop 8 in particular. In 2008, the company made another rare statement of opposition against the initiative when it was first on the table and donated $100,000 to the “No on 8” campaign. “Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8,” the company stated at the time.

Apple has also long offered the same health benefits for same-sex couples as those opposite-sex couples enjoy, including health insurance with comparable premiums and beneficiary rights. This sort of coverage requires negotiation with insurers to get it done, which is no easy feat.

Kudos to Apple for doing this, and for recognizing employees in same-sex relationships.