Another Big Name Company Supports Marriage Equality in Washington

The Nordstroms sent a memo to employees expressing their position, following a list of other major Washington companies, some of which have faced anger from the right.

BY Lucas Grindley

October 11 2012 1:32 PM ET

The latest big company to support marriage equality in Washington is Nordstrom, the national high-end retailer.

The Washington-based company's president, Blake Nordstrom, sent a memo today to employees along with Pete Nordstrom, the president of merchandising, and Erik Nordstrom, president of Stores.

"It is our belief that our gay and lesbian employees are entitled to the same rights and protections marriage provides under the law as our other employees," the Nordstroms wrote. "We also believe supporting freedom to marry will help us create a more attractive and inclusive workplace for our current and prospective employees."

They conceded there are "differing opinions" on the issue, as Washington voters head to the polls in November to decide whether to uphold a marriage equality law signed earlier this year.

It is one of many Washington companies to join in supporting the bill, including Microsoft, Starbucks and Nike. Some have faced pushback from the religious right with threatened boycotts as a result.

Read the complete memo to employees, provided via the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, on the following page.

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