June 26, 2013 @ 2:01 PM
The Supreme Court’s decision today to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act was met with cheers and tears, hugs and high fives across Viacom.
When the ruling came down, several members of Emerge, Viacom’s LGBT employee affinity group, were in a breakfast meeting with Philippe Dauman, Viacom’s President and CEO. Dauman regularly holds breakfast meetings with employee groups to discuss the company issues of the day, particularly in regards to diversity and inclusion.
We also caught up with several of those members of Emerge afterward for their reactions to today’s historic decision:
When we all heard the news this morning, the whole conference room cheered. I know that we have a long way to go toward full marriage equality, but this was a very important milestone, and I am so proud of the community and those who have fought so hard.
– Brandon Grabowski, Senior Manager, Shopper Insights, Nickelodeon Research and co-chair of Emerge
Today is a fantastic day for the LGBT community. So very happy for all my friends whose marriages will now be recognized on the federal level. This is a huge step in the right direction. I am also very proud that I am able to share this moment at work and have the ability to be so open about it since Viacom is such an inclusive work environment. Amazing day.
– Michael Armstrong, Associate Producer, Ad Sales Production, Viacom Music Group, and co-chair of Emerge, pictured at left with Edie Windsor, the plaintiff who challenged the federal law
This is a truly exciting time for the LGBT community because now our marriages will be recognized nationally pushing us closer to equal rights!
– Shannon Travis, Manager, Content Distribution and Marketing
Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. On our first anniversary, the NY state legislature voted to pass marriage equality. This year, although a day after our anniversary, the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this time in history, and the dates of these significant landmarks in gay history will always share a special meaning to me and my husband.
-Matthew Vidal, Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, Nickelodeon Digital Media, pictured above (left) with his husband Rick