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Amazon joins business push for gay marriage

Seattle-based Internet retailer Amazon.com said Wednesday it has joined other large Northwest companies to support legislation that would...

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Seattle-based Internet retailer Amazon.com said Wednesday it has joined other large Northwest companies to support legislation that would legalize gay marriage in Washington state.

Amazon's support comes as the state Senate prepares to vote on the measure, likely late afternoon or early evening Wednesday.

It also comes nearly two weeks after six prominent companies — Concur, Group Health Cooperative, Microsoft, Nike, RealNetworks, and Vulcan — publicly declared their support for gay-marriage legislation. Last week, Starbucks added its name to the list.

"Amazon is joining other Pacific Northwest companies, including Microsoft, Starbucks and Nike, in support of Washington state's marriage equality bills," Amazon said in a statement released by spokeswoman Mary Osako. "The spirit of these bills is consistent with our longstanding employment practices."

Gay marriage supporters believe they have enough votes to pass the measure out of both houses, and Gov. Chris Gregoire has said she'll sign it into law.

Amy Martinez: 206-464-2923 or amartinez@seattletimes.com. Information from The Associated Press and Seattle Times archives was used in this story.

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