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8 Feb 2015

Brad Smith - General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Microsoft makes "business case" for marriage equality & inclusion of LGBT people

"The business case for marriage equality", 6 February 2015

Diversity and inclusion help drive our business and our bottom line...Put in this context, it's clear to us that strengthening LGBT equality – including marriage equality – plays a critical role in promoting diversity and inclusion. That's why Microsoft joined other leading companies in January 2012 to support legislation in our home state of Washington that recognized marriage equality for same-sex couples. It's also why Microsoft supports recognizing same-sex marriage across the United States and around the world...We believe the business arguments for inclusiveness and for marriage equality are clear and compelling on their own. Of course, the business case is only one part of the argument. Diversity, inclusiveness and equal treatment are also fundamental values more broadly, and this too underpins our commitment to support our LGBT employees.