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Farella Braun + Martel Signs Amicus Brief Supporting Marriage Equality

March 5, 2015 Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2015: Farella Braun + Martel LLP is proud to support same-sex marriage equality by signing on to an amicus curiae brief filed today in the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief was filed in the Obergefell v. Hodges case and urges the Court to affirm a uniform principle that all couples share in the right to marry.

The corporate signatories to the amicus brief ask the Court to consider the burdens imposed on both employers and employees by a fractured legal landscape with no uniform rule on same-sex marriage. According to the brief, “Amici share a profound desire to attract and retain a talented workforce.” More than 370 employers signed the brief ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies in the technology, materials, airline, financial and legal services, healthcare, medical technology, consumer products, apparel, entertainment, hospitality, restaurant, service provider and retail industries.

The full brief can be found here.

A long supporter of marriage equality, Farella authored an amicus brief to the California Supreme Court in 2009 in the Proposition 8 case on behalf of a coalition of groups advocating for the rights of children of same sex couples.

Farella Braun + Martel represents clients throughout the United States and abroad in sophisticated business transactions and complex commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Farella lawyers are known for their imaginative legal solutions to today’s business challenges, dynamism and intellectual creativity. With an unwavering service ethic and interdisciplinary team approach, the firm is committed to advancing clients' objectives in the most effective, coordinated and efficient manner. Founded in 1962, the firm is headquartered in San Francisco and maintains an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry. www.fbm.com

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