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Online travel company Expedia announces support for marriage equality
LGBTQNation ^ | Sep 5 2012 | Staff

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 state’s 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 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 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 state’s 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: expedia; homosexualagenda; samesexmarriage

1 posted on 09/06/2012 6:00:48 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

Jimmy4Toes announces he will never use Expedia.


2 posted on 09/06/2012 6:02:11 AM PDT by Jimmy4Toes (this tagline space is available.)
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To: scottjewell

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.


3 posted on 09/06/2012 6:04:44 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: scottjewell
announced its support for marriage equality

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.

4 posted on 09/06/2012 6:04:44 AM PDT by djrakowski
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To: Jimmy4Toes
Been using Expedia for many years in all my travels.

Said this before but, will there be anyone left for me to do business with?

5 posted on 09/06/2012 6:05:30 AM PDT by stormhill
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To: Jimmy4Toes
somebody is keeping a list of these fools they don't realize that there will be repercussions
6 posted on 09/06/2012 6:05:58 AM PDT by jneesy (rough seas make skillful sailors)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

As does Jersey117. And I used them recently.


7 posted on 09/06/2012 6:06:04 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: scottjewell

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.


8 posted on 09/06/2012 6:07:24 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

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.


9 posted on 09/06/2012 6:09:51 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: stormhill

Does Orbitz offer every thing you need? I have only used one of these services once.


10 posted on 09/06/2012 6:09:51 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: 5thGenTexan

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.


11 posted on 09/06/2012 6:13:57 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: djrakowski

Fully agreed!


12 posted on 09/06/2012 6:17:47 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell
“...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.”

Yeah, SLAVERY is still practiced in some countries! Will you accommodate a slaveholder to travel with his slaves???

13 posted on 09/06/2012 6:18:29 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: stormhill

Me, too. Never booked with anyone else. :-(


14 posted on 09/06/2012 6:18:32 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: napscoordinator

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.


15 posted on 09/06/2012 6:18:38 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: scottjewell

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.


16 posted on 09/06/2012 6:19:32 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

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!


17 posted on 09/06/2012 6:22:43 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

“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.


18 posted on 09/06/2012 6:23:58 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: scottjewell

Bye, bye, Expedia.


19 posted on 09/06/2012 6:24:39 AM PDT by MEGoody (You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

That makes perfect sense, except that they’re turning inside out over 2% of the population.


20 posted on 09/06/2012 6:24:58 AM PDT by stormhill
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To: scottjewell
Expedia will be easy for me to boycott. I don't know about now, but at one time, Expedia would offer some felt cheap hourly or airfare rate, but it would tack on so many fees, you would be better off booking direct with the airline or hotel.

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.

21 posted on 09/06/2012 6:25:38 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy

Really not felt


22 posted on 09/06/2012 6:26:41 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: scottjewell
Things are getting out of control.

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.

23 posted on 09/06/2012 6:34:04 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: N. Theknow
What a great corporate move to turn off 98% of your customers to suck up to the other 2%

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).

24 posted on 09/06/2012 6:39:31 AM PDT by chargers fan
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To: Uncle Slayton

Well its obvious that the agenda is all-pervasive and impossible to distance oneself from, even via world travel. It’s global.


25 posted on 09/06/2012 6:44:01 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: barmag25

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.


26 posted on 09/06/2012 6:44:44 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

I used to use them a lot. I guess it’s good to know this.


27 posted on 09/06/2012 6:55:15 AM PDT by MNDude ( Victimhood is the Holy Grail of liberalism)
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To: scottjewell
The homosexuals are still riding on the backs of black slaves.
They're equating their anal fetish to the struggle for black freedom.

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.

28 posted on 09/06/2012 6:58:54 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: scottjewell

$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?


29 posted on 09/06/2012 7:02:43 AM PDT by montag813
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To: scottjewell

Who would have ever thought we would see the day when travel agents were gay?


30 posted on 09/06/2012 7:03:26 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Uncle Slayton

I guess that means Expedia should see an uptick in travel packages to San Francisco, Key West and Fire Island.


31 posted on 09/06/2012 7:05:28 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: scottjewell

Another one for the list


32 posted on 09/06/2012 7:12:30 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: scottjewell

Cool. I know now to use Travelocity.


33 posted on 09/06/2012 7:18:01 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: scottjewell

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!


34 posted on 09/06/2012 7:19:08 AM PDT by tlp2001 (Capitalism is based on human strength, Communism is based on human weakness)
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To: napscoordinator

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.”


35 posted on 09/06/2012 7:21:58 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: concerned about politics

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.


36 posted on 09/06/2012 8:34:03 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: montag813

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...


37 posted on 09/06/2012 8:36:18 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Uncle Slayton; All; scottjewell
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.

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.

38 posted on 09/06/2012 12:09:40 PM PDT by two134711 (I am Conservative, no longer a Republican.)
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To: two134711; Uncle Slayton; All

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...


39 posted on 09/06/2012 12:20:36 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

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.


40 posted on 09/06/2012 12:36:40 PM PDT by two134711 (I am Conservative, no longer a Republican.)
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To: two134711

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)


41 posted on 09/06/2012 12:45:19 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

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? :)


42 posted on 09/06/2012 12:51:59 PM PDT by two134711 (I am Conservative, no longer a Republican.)
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To: two134711

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 ;-)


43 posted on 09/06/2012 12:55:16 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Uncle Slayton

Travel agents always looked happy to me. But homosexual? I don’t know.


44 posted on 09/06/2012 6:49:54 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Uncle Slayton

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


45 posted on 09/06/2012 6:52:16 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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