Washington (State)

Wireless carrier T-Mobile announces support for marriage equality


BELLEVUE, Wash. — Mobile communications provider T-Mobile USA on Monday became the latest company to announce its support for marriage equality in Washington state.

T-Mobile said it was endorsing Washington’s Referendum 74 — the November ballot initiate that will ask voters to approved or reject the marriage equality law approved by the state legislature earlier this year, and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire on Feb. 13.

The endorsement included an undisclosed donation to the advocacy group Washington United for Marriage, the broad, bipartisan statewide coalition working to defend the state’s marriage law.

“T-Mobile has a long-standing focus on creating an inclusive workplace environment for our employees,” said Jim Alling, interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer, in a statement.

“Our support of this issue is a reflection of our culture, how we do business, and our belief in the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.”

“We are very excited that T-Mobile has decided to take this important step in endorsing our effort to approve Referendum 74,” said WUM Campaign Manager Zach Silk. “As one of the top employers in the Puget Sound area, T-Mobile’s support demonstrates a commitment to employees, customers, and communities in Washington state.”

More than 4,800 T-Mobile employees live and work in Washington State.

T-Mobile joins REI, Microsoft, Starbucks and a growing list of other employers in supporting marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

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