Illinois businesses pushing for marriage

Timothy Kincaid

January 14th, 2013

Somewhere along the way, marriage equality picked up its biggest unexpected supporter: Corporate America. (Trib)

Dozens of Illinois business leaders and several companies publicly endorsed gay marriage Sunday in an attempt to reignite the issue after a proposed bill failed to get traction in Springfield this month.

In addition to Google, Orbitz Worldwide and Groupon, individual signers of the letter include Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Co.; Lance Chody, CEO of Garrett Popcorn Shops; Fred Eychaner, chairman of the Newsweb Corp.; and Laura Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs.

And so what once was Good Decent People against them there moral degenerates has now become a battle between Catholic Bishops (along with some Mormons and Muslims) and the Fortune 500. I have to say that this is a turn of events that I don’t think anyone could have predicted.

It was Wall St. that got us New York, and Microsoft and friends that paid for Washington’s referendum.

Hmmm… Coca-Cola, Georgia… nah, I’m just dreaming.


January 14th, 2013

Nah, it’s simply too soon (politically, not of course morally) for Georgia, regardless of funding. But when the time comes, I’m sure Coke will want in on it.


January 14th, 2013

The corporate world was pretty inactive in California during Prop 8. Wonder if it would have made a difference.


January 14th, 2013

FYI, Laura Ricketts is openly gay, so it’s no surprise there. :)

Dave H

January 14th, 2013

I’m not at all surprised that Corporate America is supporting marriage equality. They led the way on domestic partner benefits, even though that meant that they had to change their benefits systems and payroll systems to provide for it. Some corporations are now paying the additional taxes that people who avail themselves of DP benefits must pay on the imputed income.

Having marriage equality would make all of the above no longer necessary. And since corporate diversity initiatives and LGBT employee resource groups have been around for 20 years now, most of Corporate America has accepted us.

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