Happy Future Wedding Anniversary!

Happy Future Wedding Anniversary!

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…to those newly empowered LGBT sweethearts in formerly obstructionist states. Clean Yield is proud to have played a minor supporting role in last week’s historic Supreme Court decision declaring the legality of same-sex marriage in all fifty states. As we blogged here a couple of years ago, we were one of more than one hundred businesses who signed on to an amicus brief in support of Obergefell v. Hodges, which documented the significant administrative burdens to businesses imposed by the inconsistency of same-sex marriage recognition among the states.

And we got the nicest thank you note from Susan Baker Manning, lead counsel on the brief:

Friends –

I want to congratulate you and the hundreds of other business who made their support for marriage equality heard at the Supreme Court.  I was in the courtroom yesterday morning when the Obergefell v. Hodges decision was announced, and it was remarkable to watch this important change for our county unfold right there in the room.

Before the Court convened, I spoke with Mary Bonauto, the attorney who argued the case on behalf of the couples.  Mary wanted me to pass on to you just how significant the voices of American businesses have been on this issue. The business case for marriage equality is an important one, and it is clear the voice of the business community has made a difference.

As more than 100 amici make clear in their filings, many of the central institutions in American life—state and local governments, the military, large and small businesses, labor unions, religious organizations, law enforcement, civic groups, professional organizations, and universities— have devoted substantial attention to the question. This has led to an enhanced understanding of the issue—an understanding reflected in the arguments now presented for resolution as a matter of constitutional law….

On behalf of the entire Morgan Lewis team, I want to thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your company on this case.  We are truly honored.

You’re welcome, Morgan Lewis, and thank you.

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