In case you hadn't heard, there continues to be a big old fight among our nation's lawmakers and citizens regarding whether the gays and lesbians of the nation should have the same marriage rights as everyone else or not. Yes sir, I'm surprised too. I looked at the calendar. And it says 2012. And it says that we've elected a black guy to be our President. But it doesn't say anything about same-sex marriage. You'd think we're back in Birmingham in 1955, quite frankly.
But there continues to be a growing sentiment among those who are rich and famous putting forth their voice of support for those of us who yet have to achieve the same rights as everyone else. And corporations! Yes, corporate support is on the rise too. Plenty of companies have discovered the value of honesty and equality -- and they've put their money where their mouth is and made a full-fledged support for same-sex marriage.
In the state of Washington (I can see it from my window.....so there, Sarah Palin.....), Referendum 74 is on the November ballot. The citizens -- the commoners! -- of the state will decide whether same-sex marriage in Washington state gets to move forward or not. Can you imagine your neighbors and people you live around actually being permitted to decide the case of equal rights? Only here in the greatest nation on earth. R74 needs to be APPROVED. If you "approve" of same-sex marriage, you need to "approve" R74. That's their slogan.
And I couldn't be more proud of the company I work for. My CEO and good friend Brad has stepped up to the plate with a few others and put their names behind the referendum. They want it to pass. They believe in the inherent value of equality for their customers and employees. Brad gets it. Clearly. I admire him, I look up to not only his leadership skills but his human being skills. He's a great man. And I told him so just the other day. I couldn't be more happy to be working where I do. Check out the above link and article. Here's the verbiage:
Senior leadership at Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines have
announced their support for Washington United for Marriage and the
campaign to Approve Referendum 74, joining a growing number of corporate
leaders and businesses who understand the fundamental fairness of the
bipartisan marriage law.
For Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines president Brad Tilden
(pictured left in article link above) and his wife, Danielle, it comes down to doing the right
thing. “Marriage equality is the right and fair thing to do in and for
our state,” said Tilden, “From a business perspective, we risk losing
qualified employees and applicants to other states which have adopted
marriage equality statutes. Danielle and I are proud to support this
initiative and are hopeful it will take our state to a new and more
Joining Tilden and his wife, is Glenn Johnson (pictured right in the article link above) and
his partner Mike, who have been together for 15 years. Johnson, a
30-year Alaska Group veteran and president of Horizon Air, said, “[My
partner] Mike and I have been in a committed relationship for 15 years;
we take our responsibilities as a married couple to each other, to our
community and to our workplace very seriously. Approving marriage
equality is simply about creating strong families, like ours who live,
work and love side by side with
every other family in America.”
Joining the two senior leaders in supporting the effort is Keith
Loveless, general counsel of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group. “I’m
proud to live in a state where the legislature and governor have acted
to legalize same-sex marriage,” said Loveless. “Passage of R 74 is
important for customers and employees of Alaska Airlines. And it’s
important to me.”