Within minutes of the U.S. Supreme Court releasing its ruling that gay marriage should be recognized across the country, American Airlines tweeted out its support for the ruling.
American had joined a group of corporations that filed an amicus brief in the court case. The airline, which is the largest private employer in Tarrant County, has supported LGBT issues for several years.
“This is a historic moment for our country and for many of American's employees,” said chief executive 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 month, American had changed its Twitter photo to include a rainbow behind its logo. Nathan Lorick, director of evangelism for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, complained about a flight delay on Twitter and said the logo change was “a poor choice from a company that certainly has many customers who do not agree with that lifestyle! #disappointed.”
American responded that it was showing its support for June pride month around the world and simply tweeted, “We're sorry for your disappointment.”
Other airlines also released statements in support of the Supreme Court ruling.
“At United, we foster an inclusive culture where employees are accepted, valued and treated fairly, and we remain committed to proudly serving the diverse customers who fly with us,” said the Chicago-based airline.