Clean Yield Among Businesses Challenging DOMA in Amicus Brief Submitted to Supreme Court

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears two cases this week challenging restrictions on the rights of same-sex couples to marry, Clean Yield Asset Management is proud to be among the business signatories to an amicus brief filed in support of the suit the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
“Justice requires that the Court find DOMA unconstitutional,” said Rian Fried, President of Clean Yield, who said he was eager to sign on in support of the lawsuit. The amicus brief  attests to the burdens that the Defense of Marriage Act imposes upon employers, and causing  them to “affirm discrimination they regard as injurious to their corporate missions and contrary to nondiscrimination laws and policies.” The focus of the hearing on Wednesday will will be about whether a part of DOMA that limits marriage to heterosexual couples in determining federal benefits violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause.

“Clean Yield is fortunate to be incorporated and located in Vermont, which allows same-sex marriage,” said Shelley Alpern, Clean Yield’s director of social research and shareholder advocacy, “and my wife and I were legally married in Massachusetts. Nevertheless, DOMA imposes a higher tax burden on us as a couple, and forces administrative and compliance burdens upon Clean Yield.”
The amicus brief was co-signed by 115 employers nationwide, including a number of prominent companies such as Apple, Deutsche Bank, Marriott, Intel and others.