G-employee makes happy company

January 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

Not the only progressive US company but Google has joined a list of corporations fighting Prop 8 for realz. Google Inc issued a statement in September and have followed up by joining with Levi Strauss & Co, H5 and the SFCC as business amici by filing an application for leave to file an amici curiae (friends of the court) brief. For those not aware, Proposition 8 was a California ballot proposition that sought to entrench, in the state constitution, recognition only for hetersoxuals’ right to marry. In other words, same-sex couples would be permanently excluded from the legal spousal club, although domestic partnerships still have some common law protection (is this the same as de facto relationships?)

Why are they doing it? Google are concerned that denying basic rights for employees isn’t good for them nor business (didn’t stop Google displaying adds from both sides of the campaign though), and really, it would be too costly to rollback their payroll system.

The brief is available to view here.

The writ challenging Prop 8 from those you expect it to come from is available here.

The CA State Supreme Court will consider the matter in March.

Fingers crossed.

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