The following is a statement from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce on today’s historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the rights of all couples to marry:
“This is a historic day for the basic human right to marry the one you love,” said Bob Linscheid, President and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber has long supported the business case for eliminating marriage discrimination as we support policies and laws that are inclusive.”
“Moreover, we know that discriminatory laws that ban same-sex marriage harm the ability of businesses to attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce, which are key to business development and economic growth,” Linscheid said.
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce was among nearly 400 companies and business organizations that in March asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The Chamber told the court in a friend-of-the-court brief that inconsistent marriage laws nationwide create “a fractured legal landscape” that increases their administrative costs and makes it hard to attract the best workers.
“The case for marriage equality goes beyond what’s best for business,” Linscheid said. “It’s what’s best for individuals and couples and we celebrate the diversity that makes our city, and now our country, so strong.”
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