Nike and Intel join list of Oregon businesses pushing for same-sex marriage

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Sportswear giant Nike and technology multinational Intel are among a few dozen businesses to throw their weight behind a campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in Oregon.

The companies joined 34 others in filing an amicus brief on Tuesday, arguing that barring same-sex couples in the state of Oregon is unfair and harmful to those couples and their families.

The brief read that marriage defined as specifically between one man and one woman “is flatly inconsistent with Amici’s values and corporate principles, which appropriately recognize that marriage equality is the right thing to do, both morally and legally.”

According to the companies, the state’s same-sex marriage ban “causes very real harm to Oreogn businesses … Oregon businesses must attract and retain the best employee talent to compete effectively in a national and global economy.”

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum in February made the announcement that she would not defend the same-sex marriage ban, as she argued that it would not stand up against a federal constitutional challenge.

In a move which could potentially open the door to more quickly removing a ban on same-sex marriage, a federal judge in January consolidated two lawsuits seeking just that.

The 36 businesses which signed the brief are available in the order they appeared, below.

Nike Inc.

NW Natural

Portland General Electric Co.

Weinstein PR

Morel Ink

Gerding Edlen

Oregon Business Association

HM3 Energy Inc.

Intel Corp.

Oregon State University

Portland Timbers

Tonkon Torp

Portland State University


Northwest Evaluation Association

Christopher David Experience Design

Autodesk Inc.

Standard Insurance Co.

Oregon Health & Science University

Columbia Sportswear Co.

Powell’s Books

Medford Fabrication

Russell Development Co.

Torpet LLC

The Portland Business Alliance

Portland Public Schools

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. Inc.

Gard Communications

Celilo Group Media Inc.

Starbucks Coffee Co.

Moda Health

EDJE Consulting

University of Oregon

Jubitz Family Foundation