A coalition of business leaders have endorsed marriage equality in Illinois, including Fred Eychaner (chairman of the Newsweb Corp.), Laura Ricketts (co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and companies like Google, Orbitz Worldwide, and Groupon. In an open letter, these corporate leaders encourage lawmakers to support same-sex marriage for the benefit of company employees and the state’s economy:
Marriage equality would strengthen the workforces of Illinois employers, who know there is no substitute for employees with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Companies must understand a changing marketplace and be able to connect with their customers; having a diverse workforce is a part of that. That’s one reason many employers have adopted non-discrimination policies and offer domestic partner benefits.
Marriage equality promotes economic development, too. According to the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, allowing same-sex couples to marry would generate between $39 million and $72 million in revenues for Illinois businesses, creating $4.5 million to $8 million in new sales and lodging tax revenues over three years.