June 25, 2015

Marriage Equality and Corporate America: Conversations on a Historic U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Marriage Equality and Corporate America Conversations on a Historic US Supreme Court Decision

From left to right: R. Jeep Bryant, Greg Nehro, Jill Schlesinger, Marc Solomon, Jawad Muaddi and Mitchell E. Harris


The U.S. Supreme Court is set to issue a historic same-sex marriage decision any day now that will determine whether marriage equality will become a constitutionally protected right. In the lead up to the Supreme Court’s ruling, BNY Mellon recently hosted a panel discussion on the legal issues in this landmark case and the role that Corporate America has played.

Moderated by Jill Schlesinger, CBS News Business Analyst, the panel included Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry and author of the book “Winning Marriage,” a leader in the movement for marriage equality; Jawad Muaddi, a senior associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and member of the legal team that submitted the business amicus brief on behalf of 379 employers and employer organizations; and Greg Nehro, Global Head of Employment, Enforcement and Investigations at BNY Mellon, who has coordinated BNY Mellon’s legal efforts in support of marriage equality.

The panelists discussed the dramatic evolution of this social movement, including Corporate America’s growing role, compared and contrasted arguments made in current and past cases, revealed the strategy behind the business amicus brief that BNY Mellon signed, and emphasized the importance of equality and diversity in the workplace.  

Watch the full panel discussion on BNY Mellon’s YouTube channel at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkIJtOM97o0.