Two Massachusetts technology companies join the fight for gay rights

Posted by John Mathewson on March 9, 2015

Beginning toward the end of April, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments pertaining to the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans that still exist throughout the country. With 37 states currently recognizing the legality of these unions, it is widely expected that SCOTUS will strike down the remaining bans, despite any controversies that continue to exist in some areas.

Early last week, nearly 400 major companies in a variety of fields across the United States signed on to urge SCOTUS to support gay marriage across the entire country. Some of these companies included Apple, Google, Goldman Sachs and Capital One. Each has said publicly that same-sex couples have the right to legally wed in every state.

Two Massachusetts technology companies have joined the fight for gay rights equality. Cambridge-based Akamai Technologies and and Woburn-based Skyworks Solutions were among the 379 companies from around the country that signed onto the SCOTUS document. They join other major New England icons Staples and the current Super Bowl champions Patriots football team.

The technology industry has often been particularly aggressive when it comes to civil rights for LGBT Americans, which was made especially clear when Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in October of last year. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling on same-sex marriage sometime this summer, likely toward the beginning of June.

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