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USA, Oregon: Intel Supports Marriage Equality Initiative

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Intel LogoComputing giant Intel came out in support of Oregon’s marriage equality initiative.

The Oregonian reports:

Count Intel among the big businesses in Oregon backing same-sex marriage rights, even before an initiative to make it legal in the state makes the ballot… Though Intel employs more Oregonians than any other business (it has more than 17,000 workers in Washington County) the company’s headquarters is in California. Intel usually resists taking a public stance on Oregon policy issues. Instead, the company works through groups in which it is a member – including the OBA – or through lobbyists in Salem.

Asked directly about its position on the pending Oregon ballot measure, Intel spokeswoman Chelsea Hossaini wrote: “Intel Corporation supports marriage equality. In Oregon, Intel is a board member of the Portland Business Alliance and the Oregon Business Association. Both organizations voted and have publicly supported marriage equality this year.”

Another big corporation sees that it’s in its best interest to support marriage equality.

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USA, Oregon: Another Corporation Endorses Marriage Equality

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Adidas LogoAdidas became the latest corporation to endorse Oregon’s marriage equality initiative.

LGBT Weekly reports:

Adidas America today announced its endorsement of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative that would make it legal for same-sex couples to marry in Oregon. “Marriage is an important, individual choice that should be extended to everyone. It is time to recognize this important human right by affirming the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Oregon. Inclusion and diversity are important tenets for our company and employees and we want to extend those values across this state. We are proud to support Oregon United for Marriage in its campaign to extend the freedom to marry to loving, committed couples, no matter their gender,” said adidas America Vice President Paul Ehrlich.

Our new favorite shoe company.

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USA, Oregon: Portland Soccer Teams Endorse Marriage Equality

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Portland Timbers LogoToday, the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, and team Owner/President Merritt Paulson announced their endorsement of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative. The initiative would make it legal for same-sex couples to marry in Oregon.

This announcement marks the first major U.S. professional sports teams to endorse a same-sex marriage ballot campaign.

“We could not be more thrilled to have the early and strong support of these iconic and beloved teams,” said Jeana Frazzini, Chair of Oregon United for Marriage, the coalition working to put the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative on the November 2014 ballot. “Oregon is uniting to affirm the freedom to marry at the ballot next November, and we are proud to have the Timbers, Thorns FC, and Merritt Paulson join our coalition as leaders among sports organizations.”

“We are proud to support Oregon United for Marriage and its efforts to secure the freedom to marry for all Oregonians next November,” Paulson said.

Team COO Mike Golub announced the endorsement in a brief video released on Oregon United for Marriage’s Youtube page: http://youtu.be/qP_Sl0BBPqY

We believe it’s time for Oregon to recognize this fundamental right,” Golub says in the video. “And we hope you will join us at the Timbers and Thorns, and affirm this right to marry at the ballot next November.”

A growing coalition of organizations large and small are signing on to support Oregon United for Marriage’s effort to secure the freedom to marry at the ballot. In Oregon, volunteers are gathering signatures needed to put the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative on the ballot in November 2014. As of October 10, volunteers across the state have collected more than 91,114 signatures, each one representing an Oregonian who values extending the freedom to marry to all couples.

Oregon United for Marriage is a broad coalition of individuals and organizations working to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Oregon. We believe marriage and family are about love and commitment, working together, bettering the community, raising children, and growing old together. We believe in an Oregon that supports strong families and values freedom and equality. And we believe that marriage matters. To all Oregonians.

Oregon Business Association Endorses Marriage Equality Campaign

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Oregon Business AssociationThe Oregon Business Association (OBA), which represents more than 300 businesses across the state, announced today that it has endorsed the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative. The initiative would make it legal for same-sex couples to marry in Oregon.

“Businesses know that the single greatest asset Oregon has to offer is its ability to attract and retain the best talent from around the world. To compete with other economic hubs and remain economically viable, Oregon must demonstrate a commitment to creating an open, healthy and diverse workforce,” said Beckie Lee, finance director for Oregon United for Marriage. “The freedom to marry is good for business, and it’s what’s best for Oregon, and we are thrilled that the Oregon Business Association has taken this clear and early position on the initiative.”

In Oregon, volunteers are gathering signatures needed to put the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative on the ballot in November 2014. As of October 1, volunteers across the state have collected more than 90,000 signatures, each one representing an Oregonian who values extending the freedom to marry to all couples.

The Portland Business Alliance also recently endorsed the freedom to marry. And a growing coalition of businesses large and small are signing on to support Oregon United for Marriage’s effort to secure the freedom to marry at the ballot.

Formed by a group of Oregon business leaders, OBA provides bipartisan, statewide business leadership that strives to ensure Oregon’s continued economic competitiveness. Today, more than 300 businesses, from Portland to Boardman, from homegrown to Fortune 500, have joined to support OBA’s commitment to a healthy economy for all Oregonians.

Oregon United for Marriage is a broad coalition of individuals and organizations working to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Oregon. We believe marriage and family are about love and commitment, working together, bettering the community, raising children, and growing old together. We believe in an Oregon that supports strong families and values freedom and equality. And we believe that marriage matters. To all Oregonians.

USA: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Endorses Marriage Equality

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsAn OB/GYN group just endorse marriage equality on the basis of women’s health. The Wisconsin Gazette reports:

“As ob-gyns, we must be strong advocates for all of our patients’ health and well-being,” said Jeanne A. Conry, president of The College. “We know that access to health care and the health of women and their families is tied to financial security. Marriage helps provide this financial security for many women, regardless of sexual orientation.” Some of these financial protections include access to Social Security benefits and rights to shared property. In addition to providing financial security, marriage equality has other important health benefits, according to The College. Studies show that same-sex couples in states that legally recognize their marriages have lower levels of stress and fewer mental health and substance abuse issues compared with same-sex couples who live in non-equality states.

It’s long been shown that marriage has a positive effect for same-sex couples, and that being denied their rights is often detrimental to both their mental and physical well-being.

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Illinois, USA: State NAACP Endorses Marriage Equality

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

NAACP Illinois State Conference President George P. MitchellThe Illinois chapter of the NAACP has come out in favor of the marriage quality bill currently pending before the Illinois House. On Top Magazine reports:

In making the endorsement, NAACP Illinois State Conference President George P. Mitchell pointed to the organization’s long history fighting for civil rights. “The NAACP was founded 104 years ago in response to the continuing horrific practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield. While the nature of the struggle may change, our bedrock commitment to civil rights and freedom never will and that includes civil marriage equality. The fight for freedom and equality encompasses all mankind.”

The national NAACP has previously endorsed marriage equality, as have chapters in other states where these bills have been considered.

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Missouri, USA: Senator Claire McCaskill Endorses Marriage Equality

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskillJust this morning, we posted an article on how moderate and conservative Senate democrats weren’t endorsing marriage equality. And now one of them has. Buzzfeed reports:

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill Sunday announced her support of marriage equality for the LGBT community. In a statement posted on the senator’s tumblr page, McCaskill wrote that she has “come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry.” … McCaskill’s statement notes that her “views on this subject have changed over time, but as many of my gay and lesbian friends, colleagues and staff embrace long term committed relationships, I find myself unable to look them in the eye without honestly confronting this uncomfortable inequality.”

It’s great to see her come around, and I was genuinely touched by what she said.

But it also seems like, at this point, it should be taken for granted that anyone who wears the “D” label out to support marriage equality. The current Democratic President, the previous Democratic President, the presumptive Democratic Presidential frontrunner for 2016, and the democratic heads of the House and Senate all supprt it.

What are the others waiting for?

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Rhode Island, USA: Episcopal Bishop Endorses Marriage Equality Bill

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Episcopal Bishop Rev, Nicholas KniselyRhode Island Episcopal bishop, the Rev, Nicholas Knisely, has written to clergy in his diocese to urge them to support same-sex marriage in the US’ smallest state.

‘As the Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, I support the bill before the General Assembly that would allow same-sex couples to marry in our state, not in spite of my Christian faith, but because of it,’ read a statement by Bishop Knisely that was sent to all active Episcopal clergy in Rhode Island on Friday.

‘Episcopalians are not unanimous in our views, but in the Episcopal Church we find our unity in common prayer, not in common opinion.

Authored By Andrew Potts – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Illinois, USA: State Bar Endorses Marriage Equality

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The state bar has come out in favor of a few quite big legislative proposals. From a press release…

The Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) 203-member policy-making Assembly, today adopted a proposal rule governing recusal of judges in cases in which a party has made a campaign contribution to the judge.

The Assembly also voted to support the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act pending in the Illinois state Legislature. The bill provides same-sex and different-sex couples and their children equal access to the status, benefits, protections, rights, and responsibilities of civil marriage.

Authored By Rich Miller- See the Full Story at CapitolFax

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Georgia, USA: Atlanta Mayor Announces Support for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Atlanta Mayor Announces Support for Marriage EqualityWhen President Barack Obama came out in support of marriage equality, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said that he was still “wrestling with my own personal beliefs.” Now, Reed, joining such civil rights leaders as Rev. Al Sharpton and U.S. Rep John Lewis, has voiced his full support for people of the same sex having the right to marry like every other citizen.

My Praise Atlanta reports:

“Today marks an important day as I announce my support for marriage equality,” said Mayor Reed in a statement. “It is well known that I have gone through a good bit of reflection on this issue, but listening to the stories of so many people that I know and care about has strengthened my belief that marriage is a fundamental right for everyone.”

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