Popular online travel company Expedia has joined an ever-growing list of corporations expressing support for marriage equality in Washington state. Bellevue Patch reports that the site, which is based in Bellevue, Wash., announced it would back Referendum 74, which could effectively affirm the legislatively backed law legalizing same-sex marriage. That referendum will be on the ballot in November.
Expedia President Dara Khosrowshahi detailed the company’s stance in a statement: “Today, we add our voice to the topic of marriage equality. We thoughtfully engage in this public discussion because it has a significant impact on our employees, customers, and partners, all with whom we interact daily. Supporting the legislation recently passed in Washington State –- which provides same-sex couples with the same right to civil marriage that opposite-sex couples already enjoy –- is a natural extension of our ongoing commitment to the LGBT community.”
Expedia has 2,270 employees in Washington state and 8,900 worldwide. Just how national gay marriage opponents will respond remains to be seen, but General Mills and Starbucks are just two of the companies to experience protests and/or a backlash after expressing their support.