REI, a national camping, outdoor recreation, and sporting supplies retailer has endorsed marriage equality and their support to approve Washington State Referendum 74. The company, headquartered in Washington state, announced their support through a blog post to REI employees by CEO and President Sally Jewell. From a press release from Washington United for Marriage (WUM):
“REI is taking a position in support of marriage equality — an issue that is important to the co-op as an inclusive organization and a welcoming place to work and do business,” wrote Jewell, who went on to describe the importance of her own 34-year marriage through raising children, job changes and relocation, and the joys and challenging of aging parents.
“Marriage equality is important to the co-op because the benefits, legal clarity and social understanding that Warren and I have enjoyed these past 34 years should be available to any two people who want to express their love and make a permanent commitment to each other that is so clearly provided for in the legal definition of marriage,” Jewell wrote.
With this announcement, REI joins other prominent business supporters of Approve 74 and WUM including Nike, Starbucks, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Alcoa, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Vulcan.
I haven’t been into a REI store in a while, but after this announcement, I may need to visit one purchase some new camping gear.
Thank you, Sally Jewell and REI!