Will Microsoft Stay Neutral on Marriage in Washington?


Gay advocates are attempting to get Microsoft to support redefining marriage in Washington State:'s not clear if Microsoft will lend its support to the measure. Murray considers the company's endorsement "very important."

Company officials are reviewing the legislation but have not decided whether to take a position, said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for the company.

Microsoft created a flap in 2005 when said it was neutral on the initial gay-rights legislation. It failed in the Senate by one vote that year. After heavy criticism, the company later changed its position and endorsed the legislation, as well as subsequent bills, including domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

Murray said he's talking with Microsoft and other companies about the gay-marriage bill. "I'm hopeful," he said. -- The Seattle Times