Verizon’s employees reflect the many diverse communities we serve. We value diversity and inclusion in our workplace not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s good business that yields tangible results.
That’s why today Verizon is proud to voice our support for the important issue of marriage equality by joining with others in the business community to submit a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. In the Obergefell v. Hodges case, the U.S. Supreme Court has the opportunity to require all States to make marriage equally available to all citizens and to recognize existing same-sex marriages. The fractured legal landscape that exists for same-sex couples today harms employers and employees alike.
Calling on the Supreme Court to finally make clear that all couples share the right to marry is consistent with our long-standing commitment to diversity and our support of the LGBT community. Verizon was one of the first companies to offer employer-provided healthcare and adoption assistance benefits to same-sex couples decades ago, and we now provide benefits to married same-sex couples in states where same-sex marriage is legal, and to same-sex domestic partnerships in states where it is not.
Having employees with diverse backgrounds and experiences enriches our culture and helps us meet the needs of our increasingly diverse customers. We hope the Supreme Court agrees that it’s time to ensure marriage equality for all.