Big Names Endorse Gay Marriage Bill in Washington

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On January 23, Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, cast the 25th vote on the marriage-equality bill that might lead to Washington State becoming the seventh state to allow gay and lesbian marriage. As she cast her vote, opponents and supporters packed a Senate committee hearing for the first public hearing on legalizing same-sex marriage. Now there are some other big names supporting gay and lesbian marriage. A list with 106 companies in the state are endorsing and supporting the fight for same-sex marriage in Washington. Some of the top companies include, Nike, Microsoft, Google, and Starbucks. [TL]

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, said Kalen Holmes, Executive Vice President of Starbucks.

Now that it has the votes needed to pass in the Washington State Senate, the bill will go through the state House and Gov. Chris Gregoire, who also supports the bill. In the House there are 50 sponsors out of the 98 members, and now a majority in the 49-member Senate. If the legislation hearings are short, House and Senate approval should be done by mid March. The law allowing gay men and lesbian couples to marry should take effect by June.

If a referendum is to be filed by opponents, it can only be done after the bill has been passed and signed into law by Gov. Gregoire. Opponents will then have until July 6 to submit 120,577 signatures. [HP]

Here’s the entire list of companies (so far) supporting same-sex marriage in Washington:

  1. 16 Copenhagen
  2. A New Chapter
  3. Adrift Hotel
  4. Alcoa, Inc.
  5. American Family Insurance
  6. Area 58 Fine Art
  7. Atticus Coffee & Gifts
  8. Attorney at Law, P.S.
  9. Barbara Grant Consulting Group
  10. Big Mario’s Pizza
  11. Bimbos Cantina
  12. Bizible
  13. Blue Moon Burgers
  14. Boo Radley’s
  15. BrandQuery LLC
  16. BrandQuery, LLV
  17. Business Diversity Counseling Services
  18. Capitol Florist
  19. Central Physical Therapy & Fitness, Inc.
  20. CG Tech Services, Inc.
  21. Cha Cha Lounge
  22. Choke Shirt Company and Prints
  23. Chris Porter Medical
  24. Clean Air Lawn Care
  25. Connors and Company
  26. Concur
  27. Cordova Law Firm
  28. Cupcake Royale
  29. Dani Weiss Photography
  30. DBL Property Maintenance
  31. DML Insurance Services, Inc.
  32. Elliot Bay Book Co.
  33. Freeman LLC
  34. Fun Fitness
  35. Fuzed Travel
  36. Group Health Plan
  37. Go Green Directory
  38. Google
  39. Havana
  40. Hillside Quickie Restaurants
  41. Inn at Discovery Coast
  42. Integrated Financial Group
  43. James Braden
  44. Jason Rumohr
  45. JSW Ventures
  46. Juju
  47. Kelly Printing & Graphics
  48. Kill Rock Stars
  49. Kings Hardware
  50. Lagoma Lodge
  51. Law Office of Allen Draher, PLLC
  52. LGBTQ Counseling Servicecs
  53. Liberty Cafe
  54. Local 360
  55. Local Grown Cafe
  56. Local Roots Farm
  57. Microsoft
  58. Moe Bar
  59. Mx2 Computer Consulting
  60. Nike
  61. Northmoon Artistic Creations
  62. Onto Entertainment
  63. Out There Monthly: The Inland NW Guide to Outdoor Recreation
  64. Pacific Forest Resources
  65. Pike Street Fish Fry
  66. Poquitos
  67. Portland Area Business Association
  68. Precision Door Service
  69. Rain City Entertainment
  70. Real Networks
  71. Ric-O-Shay
  72. Screenplay, Inc.
  73. Seattle Cigar Expo
  74. Seattle Gay News
  75. Seattle Interactive Conference
  76. Seattle Popcorn Company Inc. DBA Uncle Woddy’s Caramel Corn
  77. Seattle Restaurant Alliance
  78. Seattle Tattoo Expo
  79. Serendipity Catering
  80. Skylark Cafe & Club
  81. Spitfire Bar & Grill
  82. Spokane Wireless Inc.
  83. Starbucks
  84. Stoel Rives
  85. Tango Restaurant
  86. The 5 Point Café
  87. The Clark Company
  88. The Crocodile
  89. The Red Door
  90. The Saint
  91. The Wedding Gentleman
  92. Thinking Cap Communications & Design
  93. ThirdPlanet Productions
  94. Thom’s Hand-Brewed Coffee
  95. True North, PLLC
  96. Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club
  97. Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
  98. Unicorn Bar
  99. Verite Coffee
  100. Vista Diagnostics International
  101. Vulcan
  102. Wed4Less Northwest
  103. Whidbey Wayfarer Farm
  104. Wild Sage American Bistro
  105. Zenith Diversity
  106. Zim’s Mobile Computer Services LLC


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