BETHESDA, Md., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) boosted its longstanding history of embracing differences recently during the Straight for Equality Gala. Apoorva Gandhi, Marriott's vice president of multicultural markets and alliances co-hosted this year's gala along with Jimmie Paschall, executive vice president of enterprise diversity and inclusion at Wells Fargo. The event put on by the national chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) honored straight allies in the fields of sports, literature and entertainment for their work in championing equal rights for all. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130405/PH89731 )(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090217/MARRIOTTINTLLOGO ) Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. SOURCE Marriott International, Inc.