Corporate America has by and large applauded a Supreme Court decision granting full marriage rights to same sex couples across the United States, and airlines are no exception. Both American Airlines and United Airlines signed a brief last spring in support of marriage equality.
American Airlines and United Airlines were among a broad coalition of hundreds of U.S. companies that filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of marriage equality last March.
Following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on 26 June 2015 extending full marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the United States, the 2 airlines issued press releases applauding the decision.
“This is a historic moment for our country and for many of American’s employees,” said American’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker in the press release issued by American Airlines.
“Today’s decision reaffirms the commitment of companies like American that recognize equality is good for business and society as a whole.”
United Airlines issued the following statement:
“Today’s historic ruling is a long-awaited victory for all those who chose to take a stand for marriage equality, and we applaud the Supreme Court for affording same-sex couples the respect and dignity they deserve under the law. At United, we foster an inclusive culture where employees are accepted, valued and treated fairly, and we remain committed to proudly serving the diverse customers who fly with us.”
Both airlines have long supported the LCBT community as part of their commitment to diversity, which forms a key element of a broader commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).