Nordstrom Inc. has come out in support of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
“It is our belief that our gay and lesbian employees are entitled to the same rights and protections marriage provides under the law as our other employees,” Nordstrom President Blake Nordstrom said in an internal email to company employees Thursday.
The email was signed by Blake Nordstrom and his brothers – Pete Nordstrom, executive vice president and president – merchandising, and Erik Nordstrom, executive vice president and president – stores. Nordstrom joins a growing number of companies taking a position on the issue of marriage equality.
In the email, Nordstrom said supporting freedom to marry “will help us create a more attractive and inclusive workplace for our current and prospective employees.”
The publicly traded Seattle-based retailer has long been supportive of gay and lesbian employees, adding sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination policy in 1995 and offering life partner benefits to employees starting in 1998.