Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Paul Weubbe issued the following statement on behalf of the Chamber board of directors in response to the April 28 oral arguments on same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Equality is good for business. Individuals and families who are secure in the knowledge they have equal rights under the law are empowered to buy homes, start businesses, and plan for the future.

“The mish-mash of state laws currently in effect governing marriage keep LGBT people in a state of uncertainty. If they travel to another state for business or pleasure, will their marriage be recognized there? Will they be recognized as legal parents of their children? If they are injured while traveling, will their spouse be allowed to make medical decisions for them? If they change jobs, will their spouse lose health benefits? For all these reasons, it is important that same-sex marriage be legally recognized throughout the United States, and that is the outcome we are hoping for in June.

“If civil rights were left to the voters of each state, many minority communities would not have the rights they enjoy today as U.S. citizens. We urge the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.”

Established in 2001, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals in a six-county area, as well as straight allies who support our mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate. For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and RainbowPAC, visit www.rainbowchamber.com.