The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Bloomberg Business) — Business came out strong for same-sex marriage. But in the end, the Supreme Court vindicated gay unions nationwide not because of practical workplace concerns, but because of fundamental constitutional principles of liberty.

Hundreds of companies, from Main Street to Wall Street, urged the justices in friend-of-the-court briefs to strike down state laws banning same-sex marriage. The lineup included, Colgate-Palmolive, Dow Chemical, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Walt Disney.

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