Here are the list of companies have all shown their support for Gay Marriage, fund-raising and equal rights and benefits for same sex partners of their employees, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), and Steve Ballmer, the company’s chief Executive have come out in support of marriage equality, each written $100,000 checks to Washington United for Marriage, a same-sex marriage advocacy group. :
Starbucks – Kalen Holmes, Executive Vice President of the Seattle-based coffee megabrand, released a statement late last month, “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.”
Microsoft – A statement on The Official Microsoft Blog titled “Marriage Equality in Washington State Would Be Good for Business”, 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.”
Nike – In a letter to Governor Chris Gregoire, the companies wrote: “We write you today to show the support of our respective companies for SB 6239 and HB 2516 recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples.”
Amazon.com – “Amazon is joining other Pacific Northwest companies, including Microsoft, Starbucks and Nike, in support of Washington state’s marriage equality bills,” Amazon said in a statement released in early February by spokeswoman Mary Osako. “The spirit of these bills is consistent with our longstanding employment practices.”
Levi’s – In 2008 Levi Strauss & Company filed an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court explaining the economic advantages of gay marriage.
American Apparel – Company siad, “American Apparel believes that sexuality should be celebrated, not condemned. When California voters passed Prop 8 in 2008, we let our community know we would support whatever stand they wanted to take. American Apparel believes in freedom, expression and equality, things that are inherently condemned in the prohibition of gay marriage. After printing a few hundred Legalize Gay t-shirts for a rally near our factory in downtown Los Angeles, the company received thousands of requests from people all over the world who asked for us to expand it. “
Apple – Apple said in a blog post, “Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.”
Google – In 2008 Google came out against Prop 8 with the following statement on their official blog: “As an Internet company, Google is an active participant in policy debates surrounding information access, technology and energy. Because our company has a great diversity of people and opinions — Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, all religions and no religion, straight and gay — we do not generally take a position on issues outside of our field, especially not social issues. So when Proposition 8 appeared on the California ballot, it was an unlikely question for Google to take an official company position on.
List of companies that support gay rights:
Gerber Baby Products
Proctor and Gamble
Walt Disney Company