The following are excerpts from a November 24, 2007 article appearing on SFGate.com.
“S.F. Chamber of Commerce supports same-sex marriage”
By Bob Egelko, SFGate.com – November 24, 2007
A court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in California would improve the business climate, says the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
Support of marriage rights for gays and lesbians is “consistent with our organization’s advocacy of policies that are inclusive and contribute to business’ ability to attract and retain a diverse, talented workforce,” Steve Falk, the chamber’s chief executive, said in a statement this week.
The Supreme Court is reviewing lawsuits by groups of same-sex couples and the city of San Francisco claiming that state law, which defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman, violates the California Constitution.
The state’s defense of the marriage law before the high court acknowledges that California has a policy of equality for gays and lesbians but contends it is satisfied by laws establishing domestic partner status and banning discrimination in jobs and housing.
Religious conservative groups have mounted a separate defense of the law, saying children are better off with opposite-sex parents. Leaders of those groups are also gathering signatures on proposed ballot measures that would amend the state Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage and benefits for same-sex domestic partners.
The court has received the final series of written arguments in the case but has not yet scheduled a hearing.
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