Fort Lauderdale Chamber Passes Resolution in Support of The Freedom To Marry
The Board of Directors of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the largest organization of businesses in Broward County, Florida, has approved a resolution in support of marriage equality, adding yet another collective voice on this important economic issue.
“Marriage equality makes great business sense for our state and our community,” said Dan Lindblade, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, with 1,400 member businesses. “Simplification of benefits administration, a competitive edge on hiring top talent, growing an already diverse and strong tourism marketplace, and protecting the strong economic engine related to gay and gay-friendly businesses are just a few reasons why we support this reform.”
The Chamber is the first integrated Chamber to bring this resolution forward, and they intend to contact and inform appropriate organizations and individuals regarding its position as government and the courts continue to work on the issue.
“We applaud the Fort Lauderdale Chamber for taking a stand on this important issue,” said Nadine Smith CEO of Equality Florida. “Overwhelmingly, companies seeking to relocatewant reassurance that their diverse work force will be able to live in a state where they and their families will be treated fairly. The corporate culture understands that top talent look not only at a company’s internal policies, but also at the community they will call home.”
This significant resolution was initially proposed by the Chamber’s Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange (GLBX), a council within the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. With nearly 200 active members, GLBX is one of the Chamber’s most active councils.
A recent study released by UCLA’s Williams Institute, "Estimating the Economic Boost of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Florida,” indicates that Florida’s economy would get a massive economic boost from extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. According the report’s estimates, more than 24,000 same-sex couples would choose to marry over the next three years, bringing a potential $182.2 million to Florida’s economy, with nearly $117 million of that in the first year alone. (View and/or download the study here: http://bit.ly/UZtMGh)
Whereas, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 companies throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale area; and
Whereas, those 1,400 companies represent billions of dollars of impact to the local economy; and
Whereas, those 1,400 companies employ in excess of a half-million employees in Broward County; and
Whereas, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce supports inclusiveness and diversity in all workplaces; and
Whereas, marriage equality provides for standardized definitions to simplify administration of benefits offered to employees, spouses and families; and
Whereas, marriage equality improves recruiting efforts for Florida and greater Fort Lauderdale businesses, which compete against companies nationwide that have extended civil marriage rights to same-sex couples; and
Whereas, businesses represented in the Chamber's membership will directly benefit from marriage equality through the ability to attract top talent and improve Greater Fort Lauderdale's ability to market itself as a tourist destination and attraction to new business relocating to Florida; and
Whereas, marriage equality represents billions of dollars to Broward County's economy.
Now, therefore, let it be resolved that the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce supports marriage equality in the State of Florida.