June 26, SACRAMENTO—Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Paul Weubbe issued the following statement on behalf of the Chamber board of directors in response to today’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage:
“With today’s Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution gives LGBT people the equal right to marry whom they choose, the movement for LGBT equality has taken an enormous step forward,” Weubbe said. “In parts of the country where bans on same-sex marriage are in place and legal recognition is denied, thousands of LGBT couples have been denied health and financial benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples and often forced to go through expensive legal measures in order to ensure their parental rights and protect their children. While we know in many places the judicial and legislative wheels will turn slowly, with today’s ruling we know that, over time, those barriers to the wellbeing and prosperity of LGBT Americans will come down.
“However, it’s important that we don’t forget that there is still no federal law protecting LGBT people from being fired from their jobs, evicted from housing, or refused service simply because of their sexual orientation, and in many places, those types of discrimination still exist.
“The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber is proud to join the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and its 42 affiliate chambers in celebrating today’s tremendous court victory and in vowing to renew our efforts to ensure that no family, employee or business owner suffers discrimination simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”