"We write you today to show the support of our respective companies for SB 6239 and HB 2516 recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples."It was back in 2005 that Microsoft started a bit of a kerfuffle in Washington when the company stated that it was "neutral" on LGBT-rights legislation. After much criticism, though, Microsoft changed its position and endorsed LGBT-rights bills, including domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. But it was only a week or so ago that Microsoft said it was reviewing the marriage equality bill and had not yet decided to take a position.
Now, they have:
"Microsoft is joining other Northwest employers Concur, Group Health Cooperative, Nike, RealNetworks and Vulcan Inc. in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. This position builds on our history of supporting corporate and public policies that promote inclusion and equality.Microsoft's greatest asset is a talented workforce as diverse as our customers. As other states recognize marriage equality, Washington's employers are at a disadvantage if we cannot offer a similar, equitable and inclusive environment to our talented employees, our top recruits and their families. This legislation would put Washington employers on equal footing with employers in the six other states that already recognize the committed relationships of same-sex couples. Passing the bill would be good for our business and for the state's economy."How can you, as a business, expect o move ahead, expect to be able to hire the best employees, expect to at the forefront of business, when you denigrate one group by, either denying them rights, or staying neutral?
Thanks for the support, Microsoft, Vulcan, NIKE, RealNetworks, Group Health Cooperative, and Concur.