As Washington's legislature works diligently to force homosexual marriage on its constituents, one of the more high-profile corporate entities in the Evergreen State has volunteered to help. In a January 24 statement, Starbucks vice president Kalen Holmes announced that the coffee retailing giant was proudly joining “other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples.” Holmes emphasized that the measure, which would legalize homosexual partnerships as equal with traditional marriage, “is aligned with Starbucks business practices” and is “core to who we are and what we value as a company.”
The Seattle Times noted that Starbucks joins a list of other major Washington-based businesses which have climbed aboard the state’s “gay marriage” train. In a January 19 letter to Gov. Christine Gregoire, who is aggressively pushing for passage of the pro-homosexual legislation, executives with Microsoft, Nike, Group Health, Concur, Vulcan, and RealNetworks wrote that they were uniting “to show the support of our respective companies for SB 6239 and HB 2516 recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples.”
In 2005 Microsoft generated major backlash when it failed to support a state “gay rights” measure, which ended up failing by a single vote. “After heavy criticism, the company later changed its position and endorsed the legislation, as well as subsequent bills, including domestic partnerships for same-sex couples,” reported the Seattle Times.
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Photo: The Starbucks Center, Seattle, the company's headquarters.