Microsoft, along with Vulcan, NIKE, RealNetworks, Group Health Cooperative and Concur call for Washington to Legalize Gay Marriage


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Microsoft, along with Vulcan, NIKE, RealNetworks, Group Health Cooperative and Concur, say that Washington’s failure to recognize gay marriage has gone on long enough.

They have called for legislators to pass the two gay marriage bills SB 6239 and HB 2516 recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples currently circulating through their chambers.

Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith writes:

At Microsoft, we pride ourselves on our products and services, our brand, and our global reach. But unquestionably, our employees are our greatest asset.

As other states recognize marriage equality, Washington’s employers are at a disadvantage if we cannot offer a similar, inclusive environment to our talented employees, our top recruits and their families. Employers in the technology sector face an unprecedented national and global competition for top talent. Despite progress made in recent years with domestic partnership rights, same-sex couples in Washington still hold a different status from their neighbors. Marriage equality in Washington would put employers here on an equal footing with employers in the six other states that already recognize the committed relationships of same-sex couples – Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. This in turn will help us continue to compete for talent.

You can see the full Microsoft here.

Add Microsoft’s explanation to the list of arguments for marriage equality: Discrimination is bad for tech businesses.

This is true regardless which group of people discrimination targets.Companies can’t hire the best people, and the best people can’t do their best work. And in the end, everybody loses.

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About Joseph Leon Hall
I am a Systems Administrator, Network Engineer and Senior Technical Support Analyst and Microsoft evangelist. I spend my work time looking after networks, servers, desktops, laptops, and people. You ask wy people? That’s because in any network people matter. ”I am a PC! I am NOT a Mac nor a I a Chrome”

One Response to Microsoft, along with Vulcan, NIKE, RealNetworks, Group Health Cooperative and Concur call for Washington to Legalize Gay Marriage

  1. Pingback: Gay Marriage Same As Polygamy & Incest! | Political Vel Craft

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