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Starbucks, Google, Alcoa latest U.S. corporations to endorse gay marriage

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Starbucks, Google, and Alcoa are the latest in a growing list of major corporations to announce their support for marriage equality in Washington state.

Earlier this month, Microsoft, Nike and Group Health Plan and several other corporations endorsed same-sex marriage, which also has the support of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Starbucks said in a statement Tuesday that it was “proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington state legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples.”

“This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks’ business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners,” the Starbucks statement read.

“We thank Starbucks, Google, Alcoa and the more than two dozen other businesses that recently came out publicly in support of marriage equality,” said Lacey All, Chair of Washington United for Marriage, the coalition working to pass marriage equality in Washington State.

“Marriage equality provides a multitude of intangible benefits to Washington businesses,” All said.

“Recognizing the relationships of all — irrespective of sexual orientation — means an open and innovative business climate that ensures fundamental fairness and basic civil rights for all.

“The addition of these companies continues to show that momentum in Washington State is on the side of equality for all Washingtonians.”

Proponents of the measure say the Washington state legislature appears to now have the 25 votes in the Senate necessary to legalize same-sex marriage — the state House already has enough lawmakers in support of the measure to approve it as well.

If a marriage bill is passed during this legislative session, gay and lesbian couples will be able to get married starting in June unless opponents file a referendum to challenge it.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. Awesome..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 4:28pm
  2. Same sex marriages don’t discriminate against bisexuals.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 4:45pm
  3. No kidding – we don’t go around calling it “Heterosexuals pretending it is sacred-time before they divorce or cheat on each other”.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 4:46pm
  4. Awesome stuff.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 4:50pm
  5. Interesting. A friend that works @ JetBlue Airways is having trouble with their people department, he is married to his partner, they grant benefits but they tax those benefits regular married couples are NOT taxes this way. .

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 4:53pm
  6. what about Target?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 5:16pm
  7. These are the companies that we need to support! Make your cents heard by spending them to gay friendly companies! <3 maria <3

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 5:25pm
  8. yea, no kidding ….what about target? they have a bad rap.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 5:25pm
  9. brian. that is not jet blues doing, it is the tax laws in the state or country doing it

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 5:56pm
  10. Let’s support the companies that support us.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 6:48pm
  11. Yes! I’ll be feeding even further into my Starbucks addiction now. =D Way to go!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:35pm
  12. God I love Starbucks! Thanks Guys (&Gals)

    Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 5:02am
  13. My love for Google just got increased manifold.

    Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 5:18am
  14. The only reason I can see for this trend is politics, not actually true love. But what do I know,
    I’ve been married for 26 years to the same wonderful woman. (acerbic comment)

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 5:15pm