Statement: Supreme Court Decision Good for Businesses

MILWAUKEE – Jason Rae, executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision today in Obergefell v. Hodges case that guarantees that all couples share in the right to marry:

“Today love won.

“Not only did the US Supreme Court affirm the right of all of people to marry who they love, the Court also paved the way to help strengthen our nation’s economy. At the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, we are incredibly excited about the economic impact that this decision will have for our members, for our state, and for our nation’s economy as a whole.

“The immediate benefits of marriage equality provide millions of dollars of stimulus to local businesses, but the short-term benefits do not even begin to tell the whole story.  These new marriages create families in Wisconsin, and now the entire country, that will have a lasting, observable impact on our economy.

“The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber was proud to file an amicus curiae in the Obergefell v. Hodges case discussing how marriage equality would positively impact the business community.

“We heard from our business members that the patchwork of inconsistent state marriage laws made it harder and more costly for them to recruit and retain talented employees, and to administer benefits systems. Quite simply, this burdened businesses by costing them both time and money. Today’s decision helps eliminate that burden on businesses and makes it easier for companies to recruit and retain diverse talent.

“As Wisconsin’s LGBT families continue to grow and prosper, so too will our state economy.  We know that this decision today will translate into a positive force for our economy and local businesses.“

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-allied businesses, corporations and professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. It offers networking opportunities, business development efforts within the LGBT community and educational programming to its members.