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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:53 PM

Nordstrom backs gay marriage in memo to employees

Source: Los Angeles Times

Luxury retailer Nordstrom Inc. has jumped into the controversial gay marriage debate by openly supporting the rights of gay and lesbians to marry.

The Seattle retailer joins other prominent Washington corporations such as Starbucks Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. in favor of approving Referendum 74 to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

Company president Blake Nordstrom sent a companywide memo -- co-signed by brothers Erik and Pete, also executives at the retailer -- laying out the retailer's "philosophical approach" to business, which includes a workplace where "every employee is welcomed and respected."

... "We feel the next step in this journey is to now support freedom to marry, also called marriage equality," Nordstrom wrote in the memo. "We gave this thoughtful consideration and felt the time was right to come out in support of this civil rights issue.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-nordstrom-gay-marriage-20121015,0,3925377.story

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Newsjock Oct 2012 OP
Raster Oct 2012 #1
goclark Oct 2012 #2
defacto7 Oct 2012 #3
Betsy Ross Oct 2012 #4
Great Caesars Ghost Oct 2012 #5
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #6
classof56 Oct 2012 #11
onehandle Oct 2012 #7
glowing Oct 2012 #8
sdfernando Oct 2012 #9
randome Oct 2012 #10

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:54 PM

1. Right on Nordstrom!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:58 PM

2. Yes you did -- Great news!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 11:01 PM

3. I knew I liked Nordstrom!

I think I'll have a Starbucks! ...and read a book from Amazon!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 11:12 PM

4. What an excuse to go shopping!

Thanks Nordstrom's.
It's coming.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 11:18 PM

5. From a gay married man, salute:)

 

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 11:31 PM

6. But will they send complimentary Frangos to each happy couple?

n/t.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:35 AM

11. Oh, yum--Frangos!

Hadn't thought about those in a long time. They used to help keep me very, very happy, many years ago when Nordie's was nearby my home. Wonder if I can order them online? Gotta check that out--and thanks for the reminder and memory! Oh, BTW, good for Nordstrom. Way to go!

OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:35 AM

7. I bought some shirts there recently.

The two men who helped me will be happy about this news, I suspect.


Not that there's anything wrong with that...



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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:49 AM

8. Honestly, it seems like a no-brainier for fashion

retailers to support gay marriage.

I wonder, how many of their lines were developed by a gay man in the first place?

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:23 AM

9. I'm going to have show some support.

I would not normally buy something from Nordstrom's...too pricey for me and I'm not a hung up on labels....but I will show support for this progressive thinking retailer and purchase something. And I'll be sure to mention to the sales clerk, why I'm there.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:31 AM

10. This is more evidence that the issue of gay rights is already settled, for all intents and purposes.

When major corporation after major corporation makes it clear that they will not discriminate, the only ones left in the cold will be the hard-core, religious fanatics.

It's also a sign of the weakening influence of the Catholic Church. These are good times to be alive.

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