March 4, 2014
Civitas Public Affairs Group Signs Amicus Brief Against Amendment Three
Civitas Public Affairs Group is proud to join with 45 other businesses, including Apple, Facebook, and Starbucks, in signing on to this important brief advising the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that, “state laws and constitutions that deny marriage to gay and lesbian citizens are bad for our business.”
In the 50 page brief, the companies state:
“Equality for LGBT employees matters to heterosexual employees as well…The mandate in Utah, Oklahoma, and other states requires that we single out colleagues with same-sex partners and treat them as a separate and unequal class as compared to employees with heterosexual partners when dealing with state marital benefits…This mandate upsets our business philosophy and prevents our companies from reaching our full economic potential because it dissuades those employees from living and working in the jurisdictions where we do, or want to do, business.”
The 46 employers are among the long list of organizations who also filed amicus briefs. From Alliance for a Better Utah to the ACLU, Equality Utah and the Pride Center, their argument is the law hurts the integrity of the family.