Apple has given a public statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to effectively strike down [PDF] California’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, as well as ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional [PDF].
The company, which previously joined a statement filed with the Supreme Court encouraging it to strike down the laws, gave this statement to AllThingsD:
Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today.
A number of other tech companies have expressed support for the ruling, as well. Google put an easter egg in the search results for ‘gay’, while Instagram featured pictures of celebrations about the rulings on its blog.
Apple has long been in favor of gay rights, frequently saying it was a ‘civil rights issue’. The company donated $100,000 to the ‘No on 8’ campaign in California and has long given health benefits to same-sex couples, even where it is not required by law.
- Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act (wgntv.com)
- Apple Issues Statement in Support of Supreme Court Gay Marriage Rulings (macrumors.com)
- Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act, rules same-sex marriage legal in CA (nbclatino.com)
- Apple applauds Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional (9to5mac.com)