Nixon Peabody signs amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court case supporting the recognition of same-sex marriage

March 06, 2015

Chief Communications Officer
Allison McClain

Boston, MA. Nixon Peabody, a longtime workplace equality and diversity leader, is proud to sign an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm a  uniform principle that all couples have the right to marry.

The brief, filed this week in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, argues that the existing legal landscape places significant burdens on employers and employees—making it increasingly hard to conduct business. Nixon Peabody is among employers ranging from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies who support the brief.

“It is important that the Supreme Court of the United States take up this issue of equality for a number of reasons,” said Jennifer Collins, a Nixon Peabody partner and founding member of the firm’s LGBT affinity group. “Today, most Americans live in jurisdictions where same-sex marriages are recognized. Yet, there are still many state laws that continue to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying or from recognizing the valid marriages of citizens married to a spouse of the same sex. This inequality causes real harm to families, and creates significant burdens for employers. It is time for the Supreme Court to affirm that all families are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, and to provide families with the protections, benefits and burdens that flow from marriage equality. We are proud to work at a firm that not only embraces diversity and promotes inclusion, but that also exhibits true leadership by taking a public stand on such an important issue.”

Attracting, retaining and promoting individuals who represent a broad range of racial, ethnic, social, economic, religious and personal backgrounds is a priority for Nixon Peabody. We are proud to have earned a 100% rating by the Human Rights Campaign in its Corporate Equality Index. This is the ninth consecutive year the firm has achieved a 100% rating from the HRC.

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