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T-Mobile Supports Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Campaign

Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA will support Washington's Referendum 74, which would affirm the legislatively backed same sex marriage law.

Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA will support Washington's Referendum 74, the company announced Monday.

The referendum, which would affirm the legislatively backed law that legalizes same-sex marriage, .

The company will contribute $25,000 to Washington United for Marriage, the group campaigning to pass the referendum, according to company officials.

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T-Mobile's announcements puts it with a number of local companies voicing support for same-sex marriage equality. What do you think about these companies weighing in? 

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Other local companies and executives also have announced support for the law and have donated to Washington United for Marriage, including . Microsoft also affirmed its support of the same sex marriage law in January, before it was approved by the legislature.

“T-Mobile has a long-standing focus on creating an inclusive workplace environment for our employees,” said Jim Alling, T-Mobile's interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer said in a prepared statement. “Our support of this issue is a reflection of our culture, how we do business, and our belief in the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.”

T-Mobile's news release also included prepared statements by Washington United for Marriage.

“We are very excited that T-Mobile has decided to take this important step in endorsing our effort to approve Referendum 74,” said WUM Campaign Manager Zach Silk. “As one of the top employers in the Puget Sound area, T-Mobile’s support demonstrates a commitment to employees, customers, and communities in Washington state.”

T-Mobile USA's corporate headquarters are in the Eastgate area of Bellevue. More than 4,800 T-Mobile employees live and work in Washington, according to the company.

Venice Buhain August 21, 2012 at 04:11 AM
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joub daunder August 21, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Just wonderful...layoff thousands in the northwest but have plenty of money to push an agenda. T Mobile should be ashamed....not for supporting but for throwing around this amt of money after just laying off so many.
Kelly Kafir August 21, 2012 at 07:45 PM
AWESOME!!! Once we redefine marriage for everyone (even though this gives NO new rights to anyone but places restrictions on businesses and horrific cirriculuum for the kiddies - what? you don't want your 5 year old knowing about fisting and felching? BIGOT).... we can start abolishing the polygamy, pedophilia and statutory rape laws... (that will make the Muslims happy!!) then the beastiality and whatever else floats your boat! I can't wait because I really love my doggie and he is more faithful than any human... When can we get married... don't hate because I love a different species!!!
Kelly Kafir August 21, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Oh, and all this nonsense while people are losing their jobs and the economy is in the tank!! (Oh but Obama said it's getting better!!! I will remember that when my lights are turned off and I'm on the street because we disabled vets can't find a damn job!!!) Oh and good luck starting a business in this commie state with all their regulations and taxes - makes having an employee too expensive (and that's why just lost mine.. employer cant afford me and I only make 12/hr!!!)
william turner August 22, 2012 at 02:26 AM
"Righteousnes exalts(builds up) a nation, but sin(as in same sex marriage) is a reproach to any people." T-mobile is playing it safe and standing with the other companies who think this is good business. At the same time, T-mobile is shaking their fist at God, who ordained marriage in the first place. Ask the former citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah: that's not a good idea. Same sex marriage may win the day, but there is a judgement day coming. God will not be mocked.
asher belin February 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM
William turner I agree. Standing with the world will cause u to fall with God... it is such a sad day when people just openly glorify an abomination to the Lord. I pray this does not pass but I know God's word will not return void.

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