More than a decade ago, the last place one may have expected to find acceptance of the LGBTQ community would have been inside an aerospace and defence corporation. That's why Boeing (BA.N) made headlines in 1999 for being an early adopter of same-sex domestic partner benefits for employees.
A decade later, Boeing took up the fight to extend domestic partnership rights in Washington State, where the company was founded and retains a significant manufacturing base.
Boeing supported a 2009 referendum on a domestic-partnership law approved by the state legislature. Other Pacific Northwest companies, including Microsoft (MSFT.O), Starbucks (SBUX.O), Nike (NKE.N) and RealNetworks (RNWK.O), were quick to join Boeing in a corporate coalition to advance the cause. (Microsoft owns and publishes MSN Money.)
The state passed same-sex legislation earlier this year, but at the time of this slideshow's publication, a referendum overturning the law appears headed for a November vote.
A joint statement from the coalition read: "Overturning this law would undo years of equal rights progress made in Washington State. We do not believe that this step backward would be in the best interest for the future of our state."
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