Marriage Equality

Supporting NYC’s Greatest Asset — Its People

We are proud to have maintained a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index since 2004, and for winning the 2012 Human Rights Campaign’s New York Corporate Equality Award and the 2011 Innovation Award for Workplace Equality for our Ally Program.

In 2011, Goldman Sachs added same-sex-partner tax equalization payments in respect of our U.S. health care benefits, an initiative that reflects our effort to ensure that employees with same-sex spouses or same-sex domestic partners receive equivalent benefits to heterosexual spouses.

This decision is the latest example of our larger commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. In April 2011, Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, joined 24 other business leaders to sign an open letter urging New York State to enact marriage equality legislation. "Employers know that the single greatest asset New York has to offer is its ability to attract the best talent from around the world," the letter said. "We strongly urge New York State to enact marriage equality legislation to help maintain our competitive advantage in attracting the best and brightest people the world has to offer and to reaffirm our commitment to both freedom and fairness." In an historic civil rights development, two months later, the New York State legislature took the historic step of adopting the Marriage Equality Act.

Almost exactly one year later, as part of our Thought Leadership Forum series, Theodore Olson joined Blankfein for a discussion about the legal case for marriage equality. Olson is a former United States Solicitor General and co-lead counsel for plaintiffs challenging Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. More than 850 Goldman Sachs colleagues participated in the event.

On February 27, 2013, Goldman Sachs proudly signed the amicus brief filed by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) on behalf of Edith Schlain Windsor et al. The brief was filed with the United States Supreme Court as it considers the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.