By Bill Hansen
Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates, and Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer each donate $100,000 to Washington United for Marriage, a same sex advocacy group based in Seattle.
While Microsoft won’t officially comment on political donations made by their employees, Microsoft has previously stated: “Marriage equality in Washington would put employers here on an equal footing with employers in the six other states that already recognize the committed relationships of same-sex couples – Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. This in turn will help us continue to compete for talent.”
Other prominent Northwest-based companies who have recently voiced support for same-sex marriage include Nike and Starbucks.