Business Leaders Sign On to Full-Page Ad in Support of WA Marriage Equality
October 17, 2012 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
This post comes from HRC Regional Field Director Tony Wagner. He is working with Washington United for Marriage, the campaign working to defend marriage equality at the ballot box in November.
Business leaders in Washington state have signed on to a full-page ad that ran in Sunday’s Seattle Times in support of Referendum 74.
Executives from companies such as Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, REI, Costco, Nordstrom, Amazon and more added their name to the ad. The ad ran again in today’s paper.
The final line of the ad pretty much says it all: “We support allowing all loving, committed couples the freedom to marry because it means every employee is treated fairly, it helps our competitive business advantage and is good for our state’s economy.”
Read the full text of the ad below:
As leaders who do business in Washington State, our companies and organizations strive to attract the best and the brightest talent in order to compete in a global marketplace and to reflect our communities, customers and employees’ diversity. We are endorsing Referendum 74 to uphold the state’s civil marriage equality law that allows all loving, committed couples to be married, while also protecting religious freedom.
Our state’s largest chamber of commerce, comprised of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people, has endorsed Approve Referendum 74. So have Alcoa, Amazon, Concur, EMC, Expedia, Google, Group Health, Microsoft, Nike, Nordstrom, REI, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Vulcan and more than 600 small businesses, labor organizations, congregations, and community-based organizations across the state.
Economists have projected that allowing same-sex couples to marry will add $88 million to our state’s economy before 2015.
We don’t want our employees, our customers or our friends and neighbors who are gay or lesbian to have to produce a legal document just to comfort a loved one in the hospital or to lose a partner of decades and be told that in the eyes of the government, they are considered a stranger.
We support allowing all loving, committed couples the freedom to marry because it means every employee is treated fairly, it helps our competitive business advantage and is good for our state’s economy.
HRC is proud to have been a founding member of the campaign to pass marriage equality in Washington State, working side-by-side with state partners. You can sign up here to volunteer with HRC to help mobilize supporters of marriage equality in Washington or donate to HRC’s special fund to direct 100 percent of your contribution to Approve Referendum 74.
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