Starbucks has joined other Washington-based companies like Microsoft and Nike in endorsing marriage equality. The company’s statement affirms its commitment to supporting its LGBT employees and working with organizations like the Pride Alliance Partner Network:
Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. Starbucks strives to create a company culture that puts our partners first, and our company has a lengthy history of leading and supporting policies that promote equality and inclusion. [...]
We are deeply dedicated to embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and remain committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners.
We look forward to seeing this legislation enacted into law.
Since Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) announced her support for marriage equality earlier this month, the Washington Senate has quickly found the 25 votes necessary to pass the bill. Opponents have vowed to challenge the measure with a referendum.
This is not the first time Starbucks has stood up for marriage equality. Last November, it joined dozens of other companies in an amicus brief opposing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.
Google and Alcoa have also joined the more than 100 medium and large businesses endorsing marriage equality.