REI Co-op Celebrates the Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act

Dec 8, 2022

REI Co-op applauds the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, which mandates federal recognition for same-sex and interracial marriages. The LGBTQ+ community has been facing an increased assault over the past few years as some state legislatures and courts have taken actions to strip basic rights. The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization earlier this summer raised the specter that these long-standing marriages, civil unions, and partnerships would no longer be honored and protected by federal law

We are pleased to see Congress step up and act in the face of these potential threats. This bill ensures the fundamental rights of our employees, members, customers and their families—no matter where they live or who they love.  

However, this bill is not enough. We can and must do more to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people across the country. Such legislation is already under consideration: The Equality Act would protect LGBTQ+ individuals under existing civil rights laws, ensuring protection from discrimination in employment, housing, credit, education, and other areas of public life. The bill would also deepen civil rights protections for women, people of color and people living with disabilities.  

At REI, we remain committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and affirming space for all people. We will continue to advocate for our employees’ rights and encourage our community to support the Equality Act through REI’s Cooperative Action Network. We invite you to join us. 

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 23 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. If you can’t visit one of our many stores, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. Everyone is welcome to shop REI, but members who join the co-op enjoy a range of benefits. More than a retailer, REI is a purpose-driven and values-led company dedicated to enabling life outside for all.