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American Airlines executives applaud Supreme Court's gay marriage decision

OPINION: American Airlines issues statement after ruling

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The following is a statement by American Airlines:

American Airlines applauds today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to extend full marriage rights to same-sex couples in the United States, regardless of the state in which they reside.

"This is a historic moment for our country and for many of American's employees," said American's Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. "Today's decision reaffirms the commitment of companies like American that recognize equality is good for business and society as a whole."

Earlier this year, American joined a broad coalition of U.S. corporations to support marriage equality in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court. American also joined dozens of large companies to pledge that "Equality is Our Business," signing a public statement led by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) seeking to get businesses and organizations to stand up for diversity.

American has a long history of supporting the LGBT community in the course of doing business. Underscoring this strong commitment, American is recognized by the HRC's Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a nationally recognized benchmark that distinguishes top workplaces for their inclusion of LGBT employees and their allies. American was the only airline to receive a perfect score when the CEI launched in 2002, and is one of only a handful of corporations to do so every year since.

American's Pride Employee Business Resource Group, which was the airline's first employee resource group, continues to champion LGBT travelers and advocate for diversity, equality and respect within the airline industry as it has for decades. American is also a proud member and supporter of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, PFLAG, Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign.