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Microsoft has joined five other businesses in openly supporting bills that would legalize gay marriage in Washington (state). Congratulations, you big corporations, you have a heart after all. In its letter to Washington's governor, Chris Gregoire, Microsoft stated:
"We write you today to show the support of our respective companies for SB 6239 and HB 2516 recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples."
Vulcan, Nike, RealNetworks, Group Health Cooperative, and Concur have all openly supported gay marriage as well. Microsoft is fighting discrimination by openly saying that denying marriage to homosexuals is akin treating them like second-class citizens. This is not the first time the company has come to the defense of gay rights; they dropped out of a marketing arrangement that indirectly supported anti-gay groups, and previously opposed the Defense of Marriage Act. (For those who can't remember, the Defense of Marriage act is one of those acts that, more or less, suggests that gay marriage will lead to bestiality, murder, and a global gay-zombie holocaust.)
As if Microsoft wasn't being cool enough, they also wrote:
"Employers in the technology sector face an unprecedented national and global competition for top talent. Despite progress made in recent years with domestic partnership rights, same-sex couples in Washington still hold a different status from their neighbors."
Hopefully this whole ludicrous marriage debate will be looked at in the same way we now view the civil rights struggle of the 1960s: "Were we really ever that stupid?" By openly standing side-by-side with the gay-marriage movement, Microsoft is taking a political stance that not many corporations are brave enough to, and in doing so, is doing its part to shift America's moral compass. Way to be, Microsoft: keep up the open-minded attitude and tell America to get their damn, dirty hands off someone else's right to be happy.