Apple lauds U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

“In a pair of 5-4 decisions, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of same-sex couples in two major cases, effectively allowing federal benefits for gay couples and clearing the way for same-sex marriages in the state of California,” Mike Isaac reports for AllThingsD.

“One ruling overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the bill passed in 1996 that ruled same-sex marriages unconstitutional,” Isaac reports. “The other decision left intact a lower-court ruling that invalidated California’s Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage.”

Isaac reports, “‘Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today,’ an Apple spokesman told AllThingsD in a statement… Apple, in particular, has traditionally stood against inequality, having long offered health benefits to same-sex couples employed by Apple, and publicly donating to the ‘No on Prop 8’ campaign in 2008.”

Read more in the full article here.

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Apple among 60 companies to back gay marriage in U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief – February 27, 2013
National Organization for Marriage to Steve Jobs: You’ve become Big Brother (with video) – December 17, 2010
Christian Group asks Apple to reinstate pulled ‘Manhattan Declaration’ iPhone app – November 30, 2010
California’s ‘No on 8’ same-sex marriage campaign models ads on Apple’s ‘Get a Mac’ commercials – November 01, 2008
Apple donates $100,000 to fight same-sex marriage ban in California (Proposition 8) – October 24, 2008


  1. Or, in simple words:

    How is my own (heterosexual) marriage going to be affected, now that my colleague can marry his long-time partner?

    The most vocal of the “marriage protection’ people tend to live in the societies where many don’t even know anyone who is gay (or aren’t aware of any gay people). So, in their cases, there is high likelihood that in their lives, they may never even encounter a married gay couple. So, how could their own marriages possibly be affected by the fact that someone, somewhere else, can now marry their partner?

  2. If you want the best and the brightest in tech you had better have the same opinion Apple has for years (this ain’t nothing new). Being apolitical in this area would tie on hand behind your back. Coming out against gay rights would bury you.
    While the general public may be divided the tech community is not. Being anti-gay there is about the same as being a Klan member. There are just way to many very well respected gay people in the industry. And if the conservatives don’t like it? tough it’s their fault. In the early days of the computer industry greedy corporate types hired all the homosexuals they could thinking they could work them longer if they didn’t have families to go home to. Now those people are the respected creators of the industry and can no longer be vilified or ignored.

  3. I’ve nothing against Gay Marriage etc. but I wish apple would ALSO concentrate doing OTHER PR stuff like.. PROTECTING ITS BUSINESS

    Do some PR against the nonsense articles bashing apple in the WSJ, NYT, Forbes etc., i.e POINT OUT THE TRUTH THAT APPLE IS NOT DYING.

    Apple stock is sinking under 400, the P.E is like HALF the S&P average (i.e that shows the PERCEPTION of apple is BAD, that it is sinking ship). Perhaps apple PR can ALSO besides gay marriage try to do it’s PRIMARY function, i.e protect the SALES and CONSUMER IMAGE of APPLE?

    the press thinks that apple is s a sinking ship full of holes, that’s its sales are tanking, for example today WSJ journal is running b.s articles about google’s enterprise value being higher (which it is) but bending it so that sounds like “it’s another evidence that apple is dying”. perhaps besides Gay Marriage apple P.R can be woken from their naps and do something about the b.s being spewed about apple failing all over?

    PR dept. should run press releases to counter the major b.s articles coming out.

    by the way perhaps apple can also spend a little bit of time running ads to sell their:
    — iMacs, (new imacs since last fall but not one single mac ad), what the heck happened to selling macs (when iPhone sales are down due to people waiting for the 5S refresh? ) Apple used to Run DOZENS of mac ads (like Mac Pc guy) but against a turd like win 8… zero ads. (Windows Still makes billions and mac still has 5% world market share vs 20% iPhone). So Apple PR and Advertising DO SOMETHING besides talking gay marriage…
    — to sell OS X
    — to sell iPods
    — sell mac mins ( i have NEVER seen a mac mini ad anywhere not even cheap press ads)

    So some sales apple and get your stock P.E up… Before the big azz hole shareholders like Einhorn (who together own 70% of apple stock) gang up to vote to replace Cook, ive etc (like they REPLACED JOBS) with a ballmer clone…


  4. It’s interesting to rank today’s topic threads by the number of comments. . . REALLY says a lot about the MDN readership:

    Apple lauds U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage 93
    Steve Wozniak: NSA leaker Edward Snowden ‘is a hero because this came from his heart’ 69
    Google passes Apple in enterprise value 26
    What’s new in OS X 10.9 Mavericks’ Mail 7.0 24
    Apple iOS 7′s design secret: Unleashing innovation 19
    How long before Apple dumps Intel from MacBook Air? 17
    IDC: Apple iPhone sales dropped 11% in Western Europe as mobile phone market declined in Q113 16
    Apple closes below $400, down 43.5% from September high 16
    Brian Hogan tells story of finding and selling Apple’s iPhone 4 prototype on Gourmet Haus Staudt’s bar 9
    Apple urges Obama’s U.S. Trade Rep. to toss iPhone, iPad import ban won by Samsung 7
    Apple sharpens focus on education market with iOS 7 improvements 6
    Apple website touts iOS 7 enterprise additions for business customers 5
    JetBlue latest airline to replace bulky paper manuals with Apple iPad-based Electronic Flight Bags 2
    First look: Apple’s iOS 7 on iPad delivers useful and functional enhancements 2
    No rest for the weary: How Apple and Google ruined developers’ summer vacation 1
    Hon Hai in no hurry to finalize Sharp deal 0

    1. What it says about MDN readers is open to interpretation. Your list is, however, suggestive, even typical. A political twist to the headline will attract readers more interested in honing their demagoguery skills on a hapless tech audience, and it will also awaken simmering resentments of tech workers who see a chance to sound off. Then, as the postings accumulate to form a debate, the number of replies and counter-replies multiplies. Page views also increase, and concomitantly, ad clicks result in website income. It’s all good, and no harm done, except for those unduly influenced by conclusions drawn on spurious and poisoned statistics like these. Present company excluded, of course. 🙂

  5. In a secular democracy, marriage is a civil act, a civil institution, which can be performed in a religious setting if and only if one chooses.
    People who argue that marriage is a religious institution don’t seem to be arguing that atheists should not be allowed to marry. Surely if you are being consistent then this is the line you must also take.

  6. It’s still a product of unbelief in God’s way. If it’s against God’s way I’m against it as well. That doesn’t make me any better than them. I’m just a sinner saved by grace.

    1. Great, that works for you. However, the extent of that belief’s sphere of control ends roughly half a centimetre outside of your own skull. Others have different paths to follow.

      Live your life your way. Let others do the same. As long as nobody is getting hurt or abused what’s the issue?

    2. Which god is that anyway? The only way I’m different than you is that I believe in one less god than you do- because I’m quite sure you’re not talking about Zeus, or Baal, or Shiva, or any of the other thousands of gods mankind has invented over the course of its evolution.

  7. I have zero problems with gays getting married. What I can’t get over and I’m sure many straight guys feels this way is when gay men display their affections to each other. I know it’s love for each other in every way a man and woman can display love and affection. Still, when I see gay friends and family members at it I get kinda sick to my stomach. I always look away. I always apologize and they are understanding. I think most straight men feel this way, so guys society needs some time to adjust. Perhaps a little discretion publicly is a good for us all for the time being. Funny thing is why are we turned on seeing two hot lesbians going at it? lol

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