In Washington, major corporations want R-71 approved

In Washington State, some of the big dogs in the private sector have come out in support of equality:

Boeing, Microsoft, Nike, Puget Sound Energy, RealNetworks and Vulcan have issued a statement supporting the new “everything but marriage” expanded same-sex domestic partnership law.

“We embrace everyone’s fundamental right to be judged on their merits and contributions rather than factors such as their sexual orientation. Because rejecting the law would stem progress toward that goal, we urge a vote to approve Referendum 71,” the statement released Monday said.

Washington Families Standing Together is running the campaign to have R-71 approved.


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