- November 20, 2013
Post submitted by Trevor Chandler, former HRC Associate Regional Field Director
Longtime HRC supporter Nike has once again stepped up to the plate in its support for equal rights with a massive donation of $280,000 to Oregon United for Marriage, the coalition to pass marriage equality here of which HRC is a founding member. In addition they have set up www.NikeEqualityPAC.com which will be used to help raise funds for the campaign.
Nike has been a longtime supporter of LGBT equality, from being one of the first major companies to implement nondiscrimination policies as well as supporting the passage of ENDA, to consistently scoring 100% on HRC's Corporate Equality Index. OR United Campaign Manager Mike Marshall said of the donation:
“Nike has just stood up for marriage equality in an unprecedented way, with a monumental financial contribution to support the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative,” says Marshall. “Nike has been a leader for marriage equality, and this incredible move puts Nike out front among Oregon businesses who are taking a stand for winning the freedom to marry for Oregon’s same-sex couples. We are so proud and grateful for their generous support.”
HRC is a founding member of Oregon United for Marriage. Trevor Chandler is a Senior Regional Field Organizer with HRC, he is on the ground working to build the campaign’s coalition with the team at OUM to secure marriage equality for all Oregonians.