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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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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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