On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled 5-4 in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that enabled all 50 states to recognize same-gender marriage. This was considered a ruling on par with two of the biggest cases in the last 75 years enabling social and legal change: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in 1954 for desegregating public educational institutions and Roe v. Wade in 1973 enabling a woman’s right to an abortion.
In today’s socio-corporate climate, several companies added their names to the Amicus brief on the plaintiff’s side of the case. Some companies were public about their views of this case, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. FCA, in conjunction with the LGBT community center in Ferndale, Michigan, Affirmations, invited couples that were married in the brief window of legality in Michigan to join them at Motor City Pride earlier in June.
Upon the announcement of the ruling, FCA released a statement of congratulations. It was joined by other manufacturers. According to GayWheels.com, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Nissan and Subaru issued similar statements.