National businesses and prominent cities filed two amicus curiae briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage.
The groups urged the court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in U.S. v. Windsor and Proposition 8 in Hollingsworth v. Perry.
The businesses include financial institutions, medical centers, airlines, energy and high technology businesses, law and professional firms, retailers, restaurants, non-profit organizations, and several others. Both briefs state an interest for the businesses in their desires to recruit, retain, and secure a talented workforce, and state that the laws in question impinge upon those interests.
The issue of same sex marriage is also dividing the Republican Party as a group of more than 80 prominent members of the GOP reportedly have signed a separate amicus brief advocating for the legalization of gay marriage.
A member of the 80 Republicans has said it would be submitted to the United States Supreme Court this week. The deadline to submit briefs is Thursday.