Expedia Announces Support of Marriage Equality & Referendum 74

Washington United for Marriage, the coalition working to defend the state’s bipartisan marriage law, today announced that Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company with household brands like Expedia.comHotels.comClassic Vacations and Hotwire, has endorsed the freedom to marry and the effort to approve Referendum 74 this November.

Headquartered in Bellevue, Expedia has 2,270 employees in Washington State and 8,900 worldwide.  In its statement President and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote, in part:

 “As the world’s largest online travel company — with operations in well over 30 countries — we know firsthand that the world is a diverse place.  Much like our customers, clients, partners, and suppliers, our employees represent a multitude of locations, cultures and experiences…

“We strive to actively promote equality in our workplace and are committed to treating one another with respect and dignity…Today, we add our voice to the topic of marriage equality.  We thoughtfully engage in this public discussion because it has significant impact on our employees, customers, and partners, all with whom we interact daily.  Supporting the legislation recently passed in Washington State — which provides same-sex couples with the same right to civil marriage that opposite sex couples already enjoy — is a natural extension of our ongoing commitment to the LGBT community.”

“We are so pleased to add Expedia to our ever-expanding list of Washington-based corporate supporters,” said Zach Silk, WUM campaign manager.  “Like other corporate leaders, Dara Khosrowshahi understands that treating all families fairly and allowing all loving couples the freedom to marry is a core value that builds strong communities and strong businesses. When most people think travel, they think Expedia and we couldn’t be more excited to have them join our effort to Approve Referendum 74.”