The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, representing 2,200 companies across the Puget Sound region, has voted to support Referendum 74 and uphold Washington State’s marriage equality law.
The resolution adopted yesterday by the Chamber’s Board of Trustees cited three major economic benefits of marriage equality:
“There is a clear business case for supporting equal access to civil marriage rights,” said George Allen, senior vice president of Government Relations for the Chamber. “Marriage equality allows our companies to streamline benefit administration, improves our ability to recruit and retain the best talent, and helps our state’s bottom line.”
The Chamber has historically supported inclusiveness and diversity in the workplace. In 2009, the Chamber backed Referendum 71 to expand the rights and benefits of couples in state-registered domestic partnerships. As an extension of this effort, the Chamber joined the city of Seattle, seven other U.S. cities, and dozens of businesses as signatories on a friend-of-the-court brief filed Tuesday that challenges the federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
For the Referendum 74 campaign, the Chamber is aligning with some of the region’s most well-known businesses and associations, as well as labor organizations, political groups, nonprofits and faith-based organizations. For the full list of supporters, visit washingtonunitedformarriage.org.
In response to the Seattle Chamber’s endorsement, Washington United for Marriage Campaign manager Zach Silk said:
“We are so grateful to the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, which has been such a strong supporter of basic fairness in the workplace. It’s very important for people to realize that defending the new marriage law and approving Referendum 74 is not only good for all Washington families, it’s good for business, too.”