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Microsoft: Equal marriage is good for business

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  1. Human rights come before religious choice.

  2. We all know that there is no cogent legitimate secular argument against full marriage equality. We are denied the full spectrum of rights due every citizen because of having to serve the dogmatic needs of total strangers. And I’m sick to death of having to do it. I could not care less if someone decided to worship their own nose hair, so long as they do not try and force compliance on the rest of us – and denying marriage equality IS forcing faith compliance on people.

    1. Asolutely Valksy!

  3. the sarcasim detector is reading off the charts :P lol

  4. Im glad Microsoft didnt just say “yeah we support this”, but rather they gave a solid explanation of why its good for their employees and their business. That combined with them being prepared to put cash down to support it, tells me this is a genuine ethos in that resonates within their business.

  5. Hahaha… PC….

  6. Microsoft’s public support could be the thing that swings the few remaining undeclared senators into supporting the bill. By all accounts it is just one vote shy of success, with six names still undeclared. In the meantime Microsoft is by far Washington’s largest company.

    Crossing fingers that another US state will soon be offering marriage equality.

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Jan 2012, 1:31pm

    Well done, Microsoft! If only we had the same level of support from our own major companies and celebrities. It’s going to be interesting to see if the marriage equality consultation invokes any major support similar to Microsoft and others in America, assuming it’s not again delayed. It’s absolutely shameful that not one major British celebrity or business isn’t supporting it.

  8. Fair enough.

    But even if marriage equality were bad for business (which it’s not) then it is still necessary.

    Our civil rights are not dependent on whether it’s good for a muliti-billion dollar corporation

  9. jamestoronto 20 Jan 2012, 2:01pm

    When mega $$$ speak, legislators listen.

    1. Well mega $$$ control American politics.

      True the US engages in the charade of elections. But no-one should be under any illusions about who either of the parties represent. They represent corporations.

  10. Jeff Atwood 20 Jan 2012, 3:09pm

    Microsoft and Brad Smith weren’t always so supportive; they could have taken a stand years ago. Take a look back to 2005: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/22/national/22gay.html

  11. Does Microsoft still donate money to / bribe the Republican Party?

  12. “This means it’s important to go beyond simply forbidding discrimination; we strive to actively promote diversity, equality and inclusion in our workplace.” Microsoft gets what every school in the country is still struggling with.

  13. floridahank 23 Jan 2012, 11:32pm

    I’d like to know where Microsoft stands on people following a spiritual life — having religion as part in their life. Maybe
    they don’t think that is particularly good for business.

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