Starbucks Endorses Gay Marriage

The coffee chain joins the likes of Microsoft and supports the Washington State legislation for gay marriage

Starbucks has joined the fight for gay marriage, as Washington state edges closer to becoming the seventh state to approve marriage equality.

Executive vice president of Partner Resources at Starbucks sent an email to business partners yesterday afternoon with the subject, "RE: A Message From Kalen Holmes: Starbucks Supports Marriage Equality."

"Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples," Holmes wrote.

The coffee megachain joins the likes of Microsoft and Nike, which also support the legislation. The Seattle Times reports that the legislation now has enough votes to pass the Senate and the state House, with backing from Gov. Chris Gregoire.

"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," Holmes wrote. "We look forward to seeing this legislation enacted into law."

See the full letter over at the Seattle Times.

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