PORTLAND, Ore.— Nike on Nov. 19 announced it will contribute $280,000 to efforts in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples in Oregon.
“Nike has just stood up for marriage equality in an unprecedented way, with a monumental financial contribution to support the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative,” Mike Marshall, campaign manager for Oregon United for Marriage, said.
Nike, which is based in Oregon, began offering benefits to same-sex partners nearly two decades ago.
The company supported efforts to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression and allow gays and lesbians to enter into domestic partnerships in the state.
Oregon United for Marriage continues to collect signatures in support of a November 2014 referendum in support of same-sex marriage.