T-Mobile Supports Gay Marriage In Washington State: Cell Network Donates To Advocacy Group

Add T-Mobile to the ever-growing list of companies speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage in Washington state.

Bellevue Patch cites company officials who said that the cell phone network will contribute $25,000 to Washington United For Marriage (WUM), which is currently working to pass the state’s Referendum 74, which would affirm the legislatively-backed law that legalizes same-sex marriage.

“T-Mobile has a long-standing focus on creating an inclusive workplace environment for our employees,” Jim Alling, T-Mobile’s interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer is quoted by Bellevue Patch as saying 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

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REI Sporting Goods Company Endorses Marriage Equality In Washington | ThinkProgress

Sporting and camping goods company REI is the latest corporation to endorse marriage equality in Washington state. REI president Sally Jewell explained the decision:

JEWELL: REI is taking a position in support of marriage equality — an issue that is important to the co-op as an inclusive organization and a welcoming place to work and do business. A referendum on this issue will come before Washington State voters in November after passage through the Washington State Legislature earlier this year; marriage equality is also gaining momentum nationally. Why is this important to the co-op? Let me begin my answer with a personal perspective. A few weeks ago, my husband Warren and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. We’ve been on a journey through life together since our first date on my 18th birthday, raising our two children, changing jobs, moving to various places, and witnessing the challenges and joys of our relationship and those of our parents, three of them through end-of-life.

For heterosexual couples, it is very easy to take for granted the legal and societal benefits of marriage— health care benefits, retirement benefits, insurance, death benefits, healthcare decisions, child-rearing and custody, and many more, not to mention the meaning of the commitment of marriage that was so vivid to us as we introduced each other as husband or wife for the first time. As executrix of my mother’s estate, the legal benefits of marriage%2

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Are Marriage Equality Endorsements Bad for Investors?

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a Comprehensive Survey of Congressional Positions on Marriage Equality.

Among both the House and Senate, 181 members support marriage equality (34 percent). 234 have made statements against (44 percent) and 122 have an unclear or unknown position (23 percent). 36 Senators and 145 Representatives support marriage equality with 52 Senators and 182 Representatives opposed.

All 100 Senators, 431 sitting Representatives and 6 Delegates were asked whether or not they agreed with this statement: “Gay and lesbian couples should not be denied the ability to pledge their love and commitment through the civil institution of marriage. I believe that two committed adults of the same sex should be able to receive a government-issued marriage license, while religious institutions retain their right to determine which marriages they will perform.”

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Viacom Joins Case To Take Down DOMA | Lez Get Real

Viacom is proud of our diverse and inclusive global workforce that reflects the rich character of our audiences, our partners and our employees. We diligently work towards enhancing our own policies that encourage diversity and equality, and believe that we have a role to play in supporting important efforts to expand these values across the country and around the world.

This month, Viacom joined a broad group in signing onto an amicus (or friend of the court) brief challenging a federal law called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a legal union only between a man and a woman. The brief, filed in the case of Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management in the United States of Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, was signed by a number of other companies, non-profit organizations, labor groups and the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seattle, and West Hollywood.

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Amazon’s Bezos Pledges $2.5 Million to Support Same-Sex Marriage

 
Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos has made a high-profile endorsement of same-sex marriage, pledging $2.5 million to support a referendum that would make such marriages legal in Washington state.

With the gift, Bezos, who made the pledge with his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, has weighed into the increasingly rancorous debate around the issue, exemplified by the hubbub over the past week around Chick-fil-A, whose CEO, Dan Cathy, recently voiced his support of the “traditional family” and the “Bibical definition of the family unit,” though he never addressed same-sex marriage by name.

The pledge comes as Referendum 74, as it’s known, has faced opposition from groups like Preserve Marriage Washington. However, a June poll by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed 51% of Washington voters believed same-sex marriage should be legal compared to 42% who thought it should be illegal.

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House votes to ban same-sex weddings on military bases | Washington Blade – America’s Leading Gay News Source

The U.S. House approved on Thursday an amendment that aims to bar same-sex wedding ceremonies from taking place on military bases — although LGBT groups are denying the measure will have any legal impact.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa,) was approved 247-166 as part of major $608 billion Pentagon budget legislation known as the fiscal year 2013 defense appropriations bill. The House on the same day approved the legislation as a whole by 247-167.

In a floor speech offering the amendment, King, who has reputation for being anti-gay, said the amendment was necessary because the Pentagon is allowing same-sex weddings to take place on military bases and chaplains to officiate over these ceremonies despite the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

“This same-sex marriage that has been taking place on our military bases, where otherwise legal around the world, contravenes the Defense of Marriage Act,” King said. “The Defense of Marriage Act means this, actually says specifically this: marriage means only a legal union between one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and the word spouse refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. Pretty simple statute being contravened by the directives of the President of the United States as exercised through the secretary of defense.”

The Pentagon issued guidance shortly after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal went into effect giving the OK to same-sex wedding ceremonies on military bases and allowing chaplains to participate in them if they so choose. The guidance states the military facilities should be used on a “sexual-orientation basis” and military chaplains may officiate over same-sex weddings, but aren’t required to do so if that’s contrary to their religious briefs.

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EA, Microsoft, Zynga join others to support gay marriage, oppose DOMA

Video game giants Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Zynga have joined over 40 other companies including Starbucks, Google, and CBS in a formal amicus brief to oppose the United States’ Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Act was signed into federal law in 1996 and defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

DOMA restricts gay couples from receiving health and tax benefits.These companies say the Act is discriminatory, hurts morale, and essentially puts an unwanted burden on their employees’ lives. All parties involved in the brief are urging the U.S.’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to find DOMA

unconstitutional.

Not a stranger to showing its support to the LGBT community, Electronic Arts participated in San Francisco and Seattle gay pride events this year. Even its games, including the Dragon Age and Mass Effect series, have given players the option to develop relationships with members of the same-sex and even featured prominent LGBT characters..

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Some businesses see benefits to pro-gay stance – Bottom Line

With its “Legalize Love” campaign announced this week, Google became the latest in a growing number of companies to publicly take a position in support of gay rights.

Far from being simply feel-good initiatives, these moves are highly calculated, marketing experts say. Companies may be embracing the rainbow, but the motivating color is still green.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is a huge market with buying power of some $790 billion annually in the U.S. alone, according to Witeck-Combs Communications. And gays have influence among the straight consumers who are their friends and relatives.

For many marketers, that is too much to leave lying on the table, even if they risk some backlash from consumers opposed to expanding gay rights. Companies “have to satisfy shareholders at the end of the day,” said Bob Witeck, founder and president of Witeck-Combs, a marketing firm.

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I LOVE NEW YORK for Marriage Equality – Bond No. 9

New York State offers superlative homegrown accoutrements for joyous nuptial celebrations: champagne from the Finger Lakes region … ethical Herkimer diamonds from the Mohawk Valley for couples’ engagement rings … Niagara Falls–of course–for traditional honeymoons …. And now comes a native New York eau de parfum that celebrates our state’s legalization of same-sex marriage. I LOVE NEW YORK for Marriage Equality, as the scent is known, is the seventh collaboration between the I LOVE NEW YORK brand–a state agency–and Bond No. 9, the Manhattan-based perfumery specializing in New York-centric fragrances.

Soft and sensual, this modern-day woody-spicy, gender free scent opens with enticing gustatory notes–mandarin, nutmeg, plum, and cinnamon bark. These segue into a contemporary wedding-bouquet heart of classic rose and jasmine laced with ginger lily. Then, just as a great marriage gradually evolves over time, this one endures with deeper, rich forest base-notes–cashmere wood, sandalwood, and that seductive tree resin, amber.

Bond No. 9’s superstar bottle, rendered here in bridal white, displays the iconic I LOVE NEW YORK logo with the also-iconic gay rainbow on its heart–a speak-for-itself dual image that debuted in July of 2011 to celebrate New York State’s progressive spirit.

via I LOVE NEW YORK for Marriage Equality – MarketWatch.

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