The nation’s largest LGBT business association, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, has unanimously endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.
This is the first time the group has endorsed a candidate for president in it’s 15 year history.
In a statement to Buzzfeed News, Clinton said she welcomed the endorsement:
“The stakes in this election could not be higher for LGBT Americans,” Clinton said. “When Donald Trump says he’ll ‘make America great again,’ that’s code for ‘take America backwards.’ He has said he would appoint judges who would overturn marriage equality.”
The board of the LGBT chamber of commerce — which represents roughly 1.4 million LGBT business owners and has about 150 corporate and government partners — approved its resolution unanimously at a conference this week in Palm Springs, California.
In its resolution, the group praised Clinton for denouncing “LGBT discrimination as not only morally wrong, but fundamentally destructive for business.” The resolution rejected Trump’s policies, saying he has “vowed to revoke LGBT inclusive executive orders on his first day in office.”
Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, has famously said in recent months that he would be better for LGBT Americans (“ask the gays!”), while at the same time saying that if elected he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court that would overturn the historic Obergefell decision that brought marriage equality to the entire nation.
After hearing presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump speak today on his economic policies, the conservative leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce dispatched this via Twitter.
Now, when business conservatives have reservations about his policies…
The Chamber of Commerce says we would lose 7 million jobs and head back into recession if the U.S. followed Trump’s ideas.
The U.S. recession would set in within the first year under Trump’s proposed trade policies, which include a 35 percent tariff on imports from Mexico and a 45 percent tax on goods coming in from China. Over the next three years, the U.S. economy would shrink by 4.6 percent and the unemployment rate would nearly double to 9.5 percent.
Should China and Mexico decide not to retaliate against Trump’s steep tariffs with heightened trade barriers of their own – an unlikely scenario based on recent history – the U.S. would still lose a minimum of 2 million current jobs, while another 1.5 million would not be created. In other words, even under the best case scenario, Trump’s tariffs would strip our country of at least 3.5 million jobs.
Does that sound like “making America great again” to you?
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the largest group of businesses in Broward County, has approved a resolution in support of same-sex marriage.
“Marriage equality makes great business sense for our state and our community,” Dan Lindblade, president and CEO of the Chamber, said in a statement. He termed it “reform.”
With a membership of over 1,400, the pro-business group had good reason to support the freedom to marry.
From Lindblade: “Simplification of benefits administration, a competitive edge on hiring top talent, growing an already diverse and strong tourism marketplace, and protecting the strong economic engine related to gay and gay-friendly businesses are just a few reasons.”