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AGLCC Signs Same-Sex Marriage Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case

Inconsistent Marriage Laws Pose Significant Burdens on Employers and Employees

AUSTIN, Texas (March 5, 2015) — The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) has signed on to an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief filed today by Morgan Lewis in the U.S. Supreme Court. AGLCC is one of 379 employers and employer organizations urging the court to consider the burdens imposed on both employers and employees by a fractured legal landscape with no uniform rule on same-sex marriage. The amicus curiae brief, filed in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, urges the Supreme Court to affirm a uniform principle that all couples share in the right to marry.

The brief argues that the existing, confused legal landscape places significant burdens on employers and their employees—making it increasingly hard to conduct business. In addition to AGLCC, other amici range from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies, and are evenly distributed across many of the country's most important industries, including technology, finance, sports, health care and retail.

AGLCC as well as other employers and organizations across the nation share a desire to attract and retain a talented workforce. As the brief points out, most Americans live in jurisdictions where same-sex marriages are recognized. However, the laws of many states continue to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying, and decline to recognize the valid, existing marriages of citizens married to a spouse of the same sex, making it difficult for businesses to thrive. In coordination with our fellow signatories, AGLCC presents empirical evidence showing the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the detrimental effect of the absence of a single, uniform law in this area.

"Economic strength is a powerful tool, and that tool is a vital one in the toolbox that the LGBT community is depending on to ensure our community secures all the rights that we deserve, including same-sex marriage," said Edgar Gierbolini, president of AGLCC. "Same-sex marriage will benefit Austin and the rest of Texas in terms of both economics and equality. Once same-sex couples are permitted to officially say 'I do' in Texas, the state will be richer in a variety of ways."

The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) is Central Texas' home for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) supportive businesses and organizations. The chamber is the best resource to learn about LGBT-friendly businesses, services, community resources and events in the Austin area.

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