Skip to comments.Online travel company Expedia announces support for marriage equality
Posted on 09/06/2012 6:00:40 AM PDT by scottjewell
BELLEVUE, Wash. Online travel company Expedia.com on Tuesday announced its support for marriage equality and the efforts to approve Referendum 74 in Washington state, November ballot initiative asking voters to approve or reject the states new marriage equality law.
Supporting the ballot measure is a natural extension of our ongoing commitment to the LGBT community, said Dara Khosrowshahi, President and CEO of Expedia Inc., in a statement:
"As the worlds 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 encourage Expedians to bring their collective intelligence and myriad skills to work every day to make travel more accessible for our customers. As such, we are committed to creating a workplace environment in which everyone thrives.
We strive to actively promote equality in our workplace and are committed to treating one another with respect and dignity. Part of our overall diversity efforts is providing a supportive environment for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) employees.
Today, we add our voice to the topic of marriage equality. We thoughtfully engage in this public discussion because it has a 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.
Therefore, Expedia, Inc. is proud to declare support of marriage equality for same-sex couples everywhere."
Expedia, based in Bellevue, Wash., was founded in 1996 by Microsoft and later spun off as a multi-billion dollar company its portfolio consists of several online travel brands, including Expedia.com, Hotels.com, and Hotwire.com.
Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the broad coalition working to defend the states marriage law, announced Wednesday that more than 5,000 new donors helped raise $1.758 million during the month of August, raising the total campaign treasury to $7.290 million.
Jimmy4Toes announces he will never use Expedia.
They had to be feeling pressure from some gay group to just come out of nowhere and announce this.
Do you think they have been carbonited?
Hope the CEO has fun explaining earnings to share holders next quarter.
I can't stand euphemism. They're announcing support for same-sex marriage, which has nothing to do with equality and everything to do with hedonism. Homosexuals already have marriage equality - they're allowed,just like the rest of us, to marry people of the opposite sex.
Said this before but, will there be anyone left for me to do business with?
As does Jersey117. And I used them recently.
What a great corporate move to turn off 98% of your customers to suck up to the other 2%. Must be a new course at Wharton on how to not succeed in business.
BREAKING NEWS: Barmag25 announces he will no longer use expedia. I use it a lot for my travel which is extensive. Check some pics on my freeper profile and just know I will no longer use expedia to get there.
Does Orbitz offer every thing you need? I have only used one of these services once.
I exclusively use travelocity. That are fantastic but again they all are probably good but that is the one that I started with and have never changed to something else.
Yeah, SLAVERY is still practiced in some countries! Will you accommodate a slaveholder to travel with his slaves???
Me, too. Never booked with anyone else. :-(
EQ is done with Expedia.
Frankly I don’t care who they do business with. If they didn’t tell me, I would not have known or cared.
The fact that they had to make a big deal over this is reason enough to stop using them. Would rather have heard from them about travel specials to Jamaica.
Gays spend a fortune in travel. They have no kids and child related expenses draining their disposable income. From a pure business perspective, I understand the temptation to go that way by an on-line travel company.
I agree. I just don’t know why these places have to advertise that. I mean JC Penny was going down the tubes anyway so for them it was a “hail mary” pass that didn’t work. But these other companies that aren’t in financial trouble should keep their mouths shut!
“They have no kids and child related expenses draining their disposable income.”
The first time I ever heard the term “DINKS” (Double income, no kids) was from two (still closeted at the time) poofs.
Bye, bye, Expedia.
That makes perfect sense, except that they’re turning inside out over 2% of the population.
A friend of mine once insisted on booking a Vegas trip through Expredia. Turned out our confirmations were worthless. Neither the airline nor the hotel had a record of our reservations. Expedia wouldn't make it right. We wound up forkkng over about $800 round trip for the flight and got a room at the Excalibur for a reason.able rate. That was it. No more Expedia for me.
Really not felt
I must now boycott Expedia as they advocate Sodomite Marriage and since almost every domestic airline advocates Sodomite Marriage, I must also boycott all the airlines.
I could drive on my next trip, but many oil companies provide domestic partner benefits and cannot buy gas.
I can't even walk to my next vacation as the companies that sold me my shoes offer domestic partner benefits.
If only the entire 98% didn't like what the 2% was doing. Unfortunately a good chunk of that 98% has been brainwashed (and it seems the majority of girls, although I never knew why).
Well its obvious that the agenda is all-pervasive and impossible to distance oneself from, even via world travel. It’s global.
No, it wasn’t pressure from some homosexual group (not gay). They ARE homosexual. I guarantee most all of these big corporations are run by queers these days. They’ve infiltrated most all big companies and institutions.
I used to use them a lot. I guess it’s good to know this.
If I were a black member of society, I'd be furious over how the homosexuals are minimizing the blacks past into an equivalent of a vile sex act.
This is why business believe they have to cave to the homosexuals. If blacks have a right to be be equal because of their race, homosexuals have a right to be equal because they want kinky sex. The two are exactly the same to a homosexual.
$7.3 MILLION raised, for a single state. Incredible. And on our side, we have a Koch brother endorsing “gay marriage” now too, and a billionaire GOP fundraiser who bribed NY Senators to switch their votes and pass it in NY, is putting tens of millions into pushing it nationwide, just because his son is a homo. Is there any more doubt that we have lost this issue?
Who would have ever thought we would see the day when travel agents were gay?
I guess that means Expedia should see an uptick in travel packages to San Francisco, Key West and Fire Island.
Another one for the list
Cool. I know now to use Travelocity.
Who gives a flying rat’s tit how Expedia feels about buggering except the tiny percentage of Sodomites? They ought to keep their big mouths shut and just do business!
What I don’t get is somehow every time someone either supports the gay lifestyle or is part of the gay lifestyle there has to be a major announcement and a party to follow.
My sister in law “came out” last week. Everyone had to know. Why? She could just have easily showed up to whatever family function she was bringing her friend to and said, “this is my friend, Butch.”
Yes, this was the wedge they drove in, the crux of the “civil rights” fight for “equality”. It only worked because of the “born that way” argument, even though there’s no proof of it.
Yes, it seems to be lost. The only hope is that global and national events happen which are so radically transforming that the movement is set back decades. Has happened before in history (such as the Civil War setting back the woman’s rights movement). Time will tell...
Who would have ever thought we would see the day when travel agents were gay?
I said it before and I'll say it again: much like many current and former posters like stuartcr, trumandogz, mineralman, etc.,...you are a TROLL masquerading as a conservative.
I truly don't care if you are, as the owner of this site likes to keep some around for entertainment purposes. But what is bothersome is that some genuine conservative posters around here actually think you're serious, agree with you and engage in discussion.
Posters, please ignore this fellow. He's not as funny as he thinks he is.
To tell you the truth, I had picked up on this trolling: Both from comments he has made in the past which are so ludicrously conservative that they must be coming from a liberal who is pretending to be a conservative kook; and from this comment above in which he will no longer be able to walk anywhere as his shoes were sold by pro-gay enterprises. But I figured it was best to pretend to take him at face value, and “play dumb” to his show. He is likely a neo-con who has disdain for social conservatism, but it is no matter...
First, Scott, I appreciate all of your postings. I don’t post much myself, but it’s important to not forget the social part of conservatism, which is as essential as the fiscal part. Thank you for all your work and research.
Second, you’re right, the best way to deal with certain folks is to ignore them. However when someone comes into your fold pretending to be “one of the gang,” but really is just making fun of you, it’s best to let them know that their game is up.
Besides, there are lurkers/posters on this site who truly believe that’s how extremely irrational social conservatives are.
Thanks for your kind words, most greatly appreciated - and yes, I do see your points, and I am glad you called him out on it for those very valid reasons.( Btw, Is he the one who often says something like, “a man trying to mate with another man is like Aunt Petunia trying to eat by putting a spatula in her ear” ? That to me was a troll making fun of conservatives, but I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, LOL)
I can’t say for sure. All I know is log on to FR a couple of times a week, read my pings & the comments to interesting articles, and, invariably, there are a few that are too surreal to be genuine. Who knows? :)
Ok, gotcha. ..yes, I do know what you mean about the surreal nature of some comments - just checking back thru my comments to see if the spatula one is he... Always made me pause a bit. thanks ;-)
Travel agents always looked happy to me. But homosexual? I don’t know.
You better be posting on a Linux machine.
Because Gates and Ballmer support the Wash St. deal
and Apple is run by a gay guy