CHICAGO (February 27, 2013) – Signing on as an employer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP is among the 278 businesses, cities and other employers that today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor, opposing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The brief advises the Supreme Court that, in those states which recognize same-sex marriage, federal DOMA forces an employer to place its lawfully married employees into two categories and requires that they create and administer a variety of dual systems for these employees. This creates regulatory, tax, and morale problems for employers, and forces them to differentiate in distributing benefits to lawfully married couples, all of which the brief explains in detail.
The amici group seeks a simpler, more efficient rule so that they can operate their organizations as productively and competitively as possible, asking that the federal government not hinder an employer from treating all of its married employees equally. Seyfarth shares these goals, and further, believes that the brief supports the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
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