Starbucks Supports Same Sex Marriage in Washington State

Marriage Equality has gotten a big boost in Washington State. In addition to Group Health, Nike and Microsoft now Starbucks has added its name to a list of corporate powerhouses that support same sex marriage.

The Seattle Timeshas published a statement from Kalen Holmes, Executive Vice President of Starbucks. the statement read,

“Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples … This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners. It is core to who we are and what we value as a company. 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.”

Microsoft is another Washington State mega corporation that has lent its own support to the cause. Microsoft issued a statement this month on its own blog titled “Marriage Equality in Washington State Would Be Good for Business”.

An excerpt from the statement reads as follows,

“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.”

Several states over the last few years have legalized same sex marriage. Some have had it legalized through the courts and others through legislation. The issue is taking center stage in the presidential elections coming up in 2012 elections also.

How do you feel about marriage equality? Do you support same sex marriage?