Overturn of Prop 8 Good for Economy, LGBT Chamber President Says

June 26, SACRAMENTO— The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce released the following statement on today’s two rulings regarding same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court:

“The majority rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court today overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act and overturning California’s Proposition 8 were historic in their impact by reversing the unjust treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals,” said Dr. Darrick Lawson, president of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. “All other considerations aside, it was a morally correct decision.

“But the Court’s decisions today also will have an economic impact. There are few factors more beneficial to the economic development and prosperity of any society than the freedom of people to form lasting relationships free of harassment and fear, and to enjoy equal legal protections and security for their families. In the near term, we expect the resumption of same-sex weddings in California to generate a revenue boost to the tourism and hospitality sectors, as well as to all those small businesses that support the wedding industry—just as happened in 2008. Gay marriage will create California jobs. In a nutshell, marriage equality is good for California’s economy and good for the economy and future prosperity of the United States.”

Members of Sacramento’s LGBT community will gather in celebration today, Wednesday, June 26, at the California State Capitol West Steps. The event is free and open to the public.

Established in 2001, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce serves gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender business owners and professionals and allies in the Greater Sacramento region. The Chamber works to build a prosperous and inclusive business community and to support issues that promote business development and equal rights for all people.  The Chamber and its non-profit affiliate, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation, have contributed more than $40,000 to charitable causes, including youth scholarships and programs for at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. For more information, visit www.rainbowchamber.com.