The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce reaffirmed its steadfast support for antidiscrimination laws, signing on to an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting public accommodations laws in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. The Seattle Metro Chamber is joined by the Main Street Alliance, American Independent Business Alliance, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce on the brief.
Seattle Metro Chamber President and CEO Maud Daudon said, “Discrimination is bad for business and has no place in our community. We’re proud of our long history of standing up to make sure laws that promote inclusion and diversity are enforced. Disregarding these laws has serious consequences for our economy and our communities.”
The Seattle Metro Chamber believes that anti-discrimination laws are essential to a healthy and thriving business environment. It is a proud member of the Washington Won’t Discriminate coalition, which has successfully deterred two initiative campaigns that threatened to legalize discrimination against transgender residents. The Chamber also signed on to an amicus brief in the Arlene’s Flowers case, where the Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a business owner’s refusal to sell flowers to a same-sex couple violated anti-discrimination law.
The Chamber’s previous support for equal rights for the LGBTQ community also includes signing on to an amicus brief in support of overturning bans on same-sex marriage in 2015 and joining more than 280 employers and business organizations in support of striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. Additionally, the Chamber strongly supported Referendum 74, which upheld Washington’s marriage equality law and was approved by voters in 2012.