SEATTLE – The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce welcomes today’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision to invalidate a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), bringing full marriage equality to Washington state.
The Chamber believes there is a strong business case for marriage equality, and we are proud to be one of only three major chambers of commerce in the country that directly engaged in the legal debate in support of this decision. With the Court’s decision to strike down DOMA, same-sex spouses in our state will now be eligible for over 1,000 federal benefits that heterosexual spouses currently enjoy.
In addition to ending the economic inequity that same-sex spouses faced under this law, invalidating DOMA also eliminates administrative headaches and added costs for employers. From health care benefits to flexible spending accounts, DOMA has complicated the administration of many of the benefits that employers offer to retain and attract the best employees.
Today’s ruling brings an end to these issues, and we celebrate the arrival of full marriage equality in Washington state.
In July 2012, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, representing 2,200 companies across the Puget Sound region, voted to support Referendum 74 and uphold Washington state’s marriage equality law.
### About The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.