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SNAP: Fortune 100 welcomes gays

The ‘100 Best Companies to Work For,’ compiled by Fortune magazine, all have sexual orientation-inclusive non-discrimination policies in effect – for the first time in history. In 2008, 95 of the top companies had policies in place to improve the work environment for gays and lesbians, but in 2012, all 100 had enacted some sort of company-wide policy. Topping the list is Google, which also offers comprehensive health-care benefits to employees and domestic partners.

SNAP: Major firms endorse same-sex marriage

Six large employers and firms in Washington state, including Microsoft, have issued a statement endorsing the marriage equality bill proposed by Gov. Christine Gregoire. Advocates hope the show of support from businesses push other Republican senators over to the side of marriage equality. Other companies endorsing the drive include Nike, Group Health and Real Networks. The Washington Senate is on the verge of winning the votes to pass the marriage equality bill, but still is looking for at least one more co-sponsor.

SLAP: Cutbacks at GLAAD

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has laid off nearly 25 percent of its staff. The cuts are because of a difficult economy that has not fully recovered, leaving GLAAD and other non-profits struggling to find donors. Employees said they didn’t see the changes coming. There were 11 people laid off on Jan. 23 from its staff of 45. A statement from the group said the core programs remain intact and running at full steam. GLAAD faced problems last year when former president Jarret Barrios resigned amid controversy over whether or not GLAAD should have backed a merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

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