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Silicon Valley Voices Support for Same-Sex Marriage

Tech titans like Apple inform federal government that same-sex marriage is the way to go.



    Silicon Valley Voices Support for Same-Sex Marriage
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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 14: A same-sex couple hold hands during a sit-in protest when same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk on February 14, 2011 in San Francisco, California.

    Listen to Google, Apple, Oracle and eBay: repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

    "Hundreds" of businesses, including some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, urged on Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the 1996 DOMA law which blocks benefits to same-sex couples, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

    In a brief filed in court, insurance companies, entertainment firms and Web titans alike informed the federal government that "the federal Defense of Marriage Act places an unfair burden on employers," the newspaper reported.

    Employees must create "dual" systems -- denying benefits to married same-sex couples while awarding those benefits to traditional couples -- which creates a "burden," the newspaper reported.

    Some of the same companies, led by Apple and eBay, may also file a brief asking the court to overturn Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, according to the newspaper.

    The Supreme Court will hear Prop. 8 arguments on March 26, and is scheduled to take up DOMA the following day.