Mass. Companies Among Those Calling DOMA ‘Bad For Business’

BOSTON — State Street Corp., Eastern Bank and MassMutual Life Insurance are among the Massachusetts companies joining the challenge of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, at the U.S. Supreme Court.

DOMA defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

Lawyer Sabin Willett with the Boston firm Bingham McCutchen wrote the brief arguing that “DOMA is bad for business” because it imposes unnecessary administrative costs.

“A regime of federal law that requires you to treat one set of married employees differently than another not only is bad for the employees, it’s bad for the employers,” Willett said.

The Massachusetts companies are filing a legal brief along with hundreds of other big firms across the country, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Starbucks and Johnson & Johnson.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear the DOMA challenge next month.

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  • gorilla monsoon

    DOMA is antedilluvian in my opinion. I say let everyone marry whom they wish to whether it’s two men, two women or even one man and one woman. Can we trust the Supreme Court to make a wise decision? Or will they follow the lead of Clarence Thomas? God forbid

  • orangegenie1

    We need a DOAMA=Defense of All Marriages Act that protects marriages diversely, not just heterosexually. In plants, animals, marine life, all of life, have been LGBT and add the “S” for straights too. There are even asexual species–even humans might consider that option–and that doesn’t mean asking to become a eunuch!!

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