updated 03:14 pm EDT, Wed June 26, 2013
Instagram hosts photo gallery of celebrations
At least two major high-tech companies have issued statements supporting today's US Supreme Court decisions related to gay marriage, according 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 message from an Apple spokesman reads. HP, meanwhile, is pointing to its history of supporting gay causes. "HP has more than 30 years of partnership with and participation in pride events, and works throughout the year to build and strengthen HP as an organization that values all employees, customers and communities," says Michael Thacker, the global communications chair for HP's Pride Employee Resource Group. "Our sponsorship at San Francisco Pride this year is a great example of how HP is committed to diversity and to creating a flexible, inclusive environment for everyone inside and outside of the company," Thacker's PR concludes.
Apple also has a reputation for supporting gay rights, having long given the same benefits to same-sex couples that it gives to heterosexual ones. And despite normally avoiding political statements, it publicly donated money to the "No on Prop 8" campaign in 2008. One of today's Supreme Court rulings maintains a lower court's rejection of Prop 8, which temporarily banned gay marriage in California.
Other companies are expressing more subdued support for the new developments. Facebook-owned Instagram, for instance, is hosting a collection of celebratory photos on its official blog. Google meanwhile is surrounding its web search box with a rainbow whenever someone searches for "gay," "lesbian," "transgender," or "bisexual."
Earlier in the year a number of Silicon Valley companies filed an amicus brief against the Defense of Marriage Act, which today was ruled unconstitutional. Some of the parties in the brief included Cisco, Facebook, Intel, Qualcomm, and Twitter.