"Microsoft, Nike, And Others Endorse Washington Marriage Equality"
In a blog post this morning, Microsoft officially endorsed a proposed marriage equality bill in Washington state, where the company’s headquarters is based. In addition to recognizing how marriage would benefit its gay employees, Microsoft also emphasized that marriage equality is good for business because it will help them “continue to compete for talent” and “make our state and our economy stronger.” Microsoft joined five other Washington-based companies — Concur, Group Health, Nike, RealNetworks, and Vulcan Inc. — in sending a letter to legislators indicating their support.
In addition to these companies’ endorsement, the marriage equality bill also gained the support today of Sen. Jim Kastama (D). Kastama’s is the 24th supportive vote in the state Senate, meaning the bill only needs one more yes vote to pass.