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THE BUSINESS CASE FOR THE

FREEDOM TO MARRY EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW


The Business Case for the

FREEDOM TO MARRY What is the Freedom to Marry? Marriage is about love, commitment, and family. The Illinois bill proposing civil marriage equality is called the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The Act would guarantee that all civil marriages, regardless of whether they are between opposite-sex or same-sex couples, will come with the same protections, rights, and responsibilities for the married couples and their children. Same-sex parties to a marriage and their children will be treated under Illinois law in the same way that it recognizes marriages of opposite-sex couples. Additionally, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act respects the guarantees of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, allowing free exercise of religion and enjoyment of religion without discrimination or preference. Marriage is about love, commitment, and family. The Illinois bill proposing marriage equality, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, would guarantee that all marriages, regardless of whether they are between opposite-sex or same-sex couples, will come with the same protections, rights, and responsibilities for the parties to the marriage and their children.

Why is Marriage Important? Gay and lesbian individuals want to get married to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and to protect their families. Governments use the institution of marriage to recognize and protect family units. There are 1,138 federal rights that are inherent in marriage, most of which are unavailable to Illinois couples because this state does not have the freedom to marry. In addition, the state of Illinois affords 648 protections to married couples and their families. Some of these rights include: UĂŠĂŠ6iĂŒiĂ€>Â˜ĂŠĂƒÂŤÂœĂ•Ăƒ>Â?ĂŠLi˜iwĂŒĂƒ UĂŠĂŠLˆÂ?ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠÂŤĂ•ĂŒĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠiÂ˜ĂŒÂˆĂ€iĂŠv>“ˆÂ?Ăž]ĂŠÂˆÂ˜VÂ?Ă•`ˆ˜}ĂŠ>ĂŠÂŤ>Ă€ĂŒÂ˜iÀÊ>˜`ĂŠÂ…ÂˆĂƒĂ‰Â…iÀÊV…ˆÂ?`Ă€i˜]ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂœÂ˜iʓi`ˆV>Â?ĂŠ>˜`Ă‰ÂœĂ€ĂŠÂ?ˆviĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂ•Ă€>˜ViĂŠÂŤÂ?>˜ UĂŠĂŠĂ•ĂŒÂœÂ“>ĂŒÂˆVĂŠÂˆÂ˜Â…iĂ€ÂˆĂŒ>˜Vi]ĂŠiĂ›iÂ˜ĂŠĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…ÂœĂ•ĂŒĂŠ>ĂŠĂœÂˆÂ?Â? UĂŠĂŠ*Ă€ÂˆĂ›ÂˆÂ?i}iĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠĂŒiĂƒĂŒÂˆvĂžÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠ>}>ÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŒĂŠ>ĂŠÂŤ>Ă€ĂŒÂ˜iĂ€ĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠVÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŒ UĂŠĂŠLˆÂ?ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠÂ“>ÂŽiʓi`ˆV>Â?ĂŠ`iVÂˆĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂƒĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠ>ĂŠÂŤ>Ă€ĂŒÂ˜iĂ€ĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ>Â˜ĂŠi“iĂ€}i˜VĂž UĂŠĂŠ,ˆ}Â…ĂŒĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠÂ?ÂœÂˆÂ˜ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>Ă€iÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜}]ĂŠ>`ÂœÂŤĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜]ĂŠvÂœĂƒĂŒiÀÊV>Ă€i]ĂŠ>˜`ĂŠĂ›ÂˆĂƒÂˆĂŒ>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂœvĂŠV…ˆÂ?`Ă€i˜ UĂŠĂŠ,ˆ}Â…ĂŒĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠĂŒ>ÂŽiĂŠĂ•Â˜ÂŤ>ˆ`ĂŠÂ?i>Ă›iĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠĂœÂœĂ€ÂŽĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠV>Ă€iĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠ>ĂŠĂƒÂˆVÂŽĂŠÂŤ>Ă€ĂŒÂ˜iĂ€ UĂŠĂŠLˆÂ?ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠwÂ?iĂŠÂ?ÂœÂˆÂ˜ĂŒĂŠĂŒ>Ă?ĂŠĂ€iĂŒĂ•Ă€Â˜ĂƒĂŠ>˜`ĂŠĂ•ĂƒiĂŠĂŒ>Ă?ĂŠLi˜iwĂŒĂƒĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠÂ“>Ă€Ă€Âˆi`ĂŠVÂœĂ•ÂŤÂ?iĂƒ

Where is Illinois On Marriage? "Â˜ĂŠ>Â˜Ă•>ÀÞʙ]ÊÓä£Î]ĂŠ-i˜>ĂŒÂœĂ€ĂŠi>ĂŒÂ…iÀÊ-ĂŒi>Â˜ĂƒĂŠÂ­ ‡ …ˆV>}ÂœÂŽĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ,iÂŤĂ€iĂƒiÂ˜ĂŒ>ĂŒÂˆĂ›iĂŠĂ€i}ĂŠ>Ă€Ă€ÂˆĂƒĂŠÂ­ ‡ …ˆV>}ÂœÂŽĂŠwÂ?i`ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ,iÂ?ˆ}ÂˆÂœĂ•ĂƒĂŠ Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (Senate Bill 10). The bill was quickly passed by the Senate Executive Committee and >ÂŤÂŤĂ€ÂœĂ›i`ĂŠLĂžĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ-i˜>ĂŒiĂŠLÞÊ>ĂŠLĂ€Âœ>`ĂŠLÂˆÂ‡ÂŤ>Ă€ĂŒÂˆĂƒ>Â˜ĂŠĂ›ÂœĂŒiĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠ6>Â?iÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜iÂ˝ĂƒĂŠ >Ăž]ÊÓä£Î°Ê-Â…ÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ?ÞÊ>vĂŒiĂ€]ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠÂœĂ•ĂƒiĂŠ Ă?iVĂ•ĂŒÂˆĂ›iĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“ÂˆĂŒĂŒiiĂŠ approved the bill. The House adjourned its session without voting on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act; however, the bill was extended through August 31, 2013, with the possibility of additional extensions, as needed.

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Dispelling MARRIAGE EQUALITY MYTHS:

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MYTH: >ÀÀˆ>}iÊiµÕ>ˆÌÞÊV…>˜}iÃÊ̅iÊ`iw˜ˆÌˆœ˜Êœvʓ>ÀÀˆ>}i° FACT: œÜˆ˜}ÊÃ>“i‡ÃiÝÊVœÕ«iÃÊ̜Ê}iÌʓ>ÀÀˆi`Ê`œiÃʘœÌÊV…>˜}iÊ̅iÊ`iw˜ˆÌˆœ˜ÊœvÊ marriage. Marriage will remain an institution entered into by two people who love each other and seek to make a lifetime commitment to each other and protect their families. MYTH: If marriage equality is legalized, all churches and religious institutions will be forced to perform same-sex marriages and recognize those unions as legitimate. FACT: Marriage equality legalizes civil marriage for same-sex couples. This means that religious institutions are not affected in any way. No religious institution would ever be forced to marry same-sex couples or recognize same-sex marriages within their belief system. MYTH: Marriages between gays and lesbians have a negative effect on children. FACT: Excluding same-sex couples from marriage harms children by denying them and their families the rights, protection, and sense of legitimacy that comes with legal marriage. Studies consistently show that children of gay and lesbian couples are equally as well adjusted as those of opposite-sex couples. In fact, all major child welfare experts, ˆ˜VÕ`ˆ˜}Ê Ì…iÊ “iÀˆV>˜Ê V>`i“ÞÊ œvÊ *i`ˆ>ÌÀˆVÃ]Ê Ì…iÊ >̈œ˜>Ê ÃÜVˆ>̈œ˜Ê œvÊ -œVˆ>Ê 7œÀŽiÀÃ]Ê Ì…iÊ “iÀˆV>˜Ê *ÃÞV…ˆ>ÌÀˆVÊ ÃÜVˆ>̈œ˜]Ê >˜`Ê Ì…iÊ “iÀˆV>˜Ê *ÃÞV…œœ}ˆV>Ê Association support the freedom of same-sex couples to marry because >Ê v>“ˆˆiÃÊ Li˜iwÌÊ vÀœ“Ê ̅iÊ «ÀœÌiV̈œ˜ÃÊ >˜`Ê ÃiVÕÀˆÌÞÊ Ì…>ÌÊ marriage brings. Millions of children are currently being raised by same-sex couples and the only way to i˜ÃÕÀiÊ̅iÃiÊV…ˆ`Ài˜Ê…>ÛiÊ̅iÊÃ>“iÊÀˆ}…ÌÃ]ÊLi˜iwÌÃ]Ê and protections as their neighbors and classmates is if their parents are allowed to be married.

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MYTH: Illinois already has civil unions which provide the same rights as marriage. FACT: Civil unions are not equal to marriages. The institution of marriage has a long legal and cultural history, so employers, businesses, and other societal actors know how to treat married couples. This is not the same for civil unions. Equality Illinois has documented numerous instances where private institutions, such as businesses, have ˜œÌÊÀiVœ}˜ˆâi`ÊVˆÛˆÊ՘ˆœ˜ÃÊ>ÃÊiµÕ>Ê̜ʓ>ÀÀˆ>}iÊvœÀÊ̅iÊ«ÕÀ«œÃiʜvÊ«ÀœÛˆ`ˆ˜}ÊLi˜iwÌÃ°Ê Because of the confusion over the status and rights of civil union couples, they are constantly unsure of how they will be treated by different people around their state. The bottom line is, because civil unions and marriages are two separate institutions, this implies that the love and commitment that same-sex couples share is less valid than that of opposite-sex couples who have the option of being married. MYTH: Marriage is a historical institution that has so far remained unchanged. FACT: Marriage has actually evolved throughout history to meet the needs of our society. At various points in the past it was common to have arranged marriages, women ÜiÀiÊ̅œÕ}…ÌʜvÊ>Ãʈ˜viÀˆœÀÊ̅iˆÀʅÕÃL>˜`Ã]Ê̅iÊܜ“>˜½ÃÊv>“ˆÞʅ>`Ê̜ʫ>ÞÊ>Ê`œÜÀÞ]Ê>˜`Ê wÀÃÌÊVœÕȘÃʜvÌi˜Ê}œÌʓ>ÀÀˆi`°Ê>˜ÞÊ ˆLˆV>Ê…iÀœiÃʅ>`ʓՏ̈«iÊ܈ÛiÃʜÀʅ>`ÊV…ˆ`Ài˜Ê ܈̅Ê̅iˆÀÊ`>Õ}…ÌiÀðÊ1˜ÌˆÊ£™ÈÇ]ÊÃÌ>ÌiÃÊ`iw˜i`ʓ>ÀÀˆ>}iÊ>ÃÊ>Ê՘ˆœ˜Êˆ“ˆÌi`Ê̜ʫiœ«iÊ of the same race. During the decades when the majority of Americans supported bans on interracial marriage, proponents of the ban called marriage between a man and woman of different races “unnatural” and anti-religious, and claimed that our society ܜՏ`ÊLiVœ“iÊiÀœ`i`ʈvÊ̅iÊ`iw˜ˆÌˆœ˜Êœvʓ>ÀÀˆ>}iÊÜ>ÃÊ>ÌiÀi`Ê>˜`ÊLÀœ>`i˜i`°Ê/œ`>Þ]Ê these arguments against interracial marriage seem dated and bigoted, but the same language is being used to attack equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. MYTH: The recent Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor granted equal rights to gay and lesbian couples by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

FACT: Striking down DOMA allows the federal government now to recognize marriages of Ã>“i‡ÃiÝÊVœÕ«iÃ]ÊLÕÌÊ̅iÊ`“ˆ˜ˆÃÌÀ>̈œ˜Ê…>ÃÊÃÌ>Ìi`ÊiÝ«ˆVˆÌÞÊ̅>ÌÊ̅iÃiÊLi˜iwÌÃÊ܈Ê˜œÌÊLiÊ available to couples in civil unions. Not only does Illinois offer only civil unions to same-sex couples, but even if the couples travel to other states to get married and come back ̜ʏˆ˜œˆÃ]Ê>VViÃÃÊ̜ʓ>˜ÞÊVÀÕVˆ>Êvi`iÀ>ÊLi˜iwÌÃʈÃÊVœ˜`ˆÌˆœ˜i`ʜ˜Ê̅iʓ>ÀÀˆ>}iÊLiˆ˜}ÊÛ>ˆ`Ê ˆ˜Ê̅iÊÃÌ>ÌiʜvÊ̅iÊVœÕ«i½ÃÊÀiÈ`i˜Vi°ÊœÀiœÛiÀ]ÊVœÕ«iÃÊŜՏ`ʘœÌʅ>ÛiÊ̜ÊÌÀ>ÛiÊ>Ü>ÞÊvÀœ“Ê ̅iˆÀʅœ“iÃ]Êv>“ˆÞ]Ê>˜`ÊvÀˆi˜`Ãʈ˜ÊœÀ`iÀÊ̜Ê}iÌʓ>ÀÀˆi`Ê>˜`Ê}>ˆ˜Ê>VViÃÃÊ̜Ê̅iÃiÊLi˜iwÌð»

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Ten Reasons Business Leaders

SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY: one

Supporting marriage equality shows that you respect and value the dignity of all employees.

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Support for marriage equality helps companies maintain a competitive edge for recruiting and retaining the best talent by demonstrating a commitment to creating an open, healthy, and equitable environment in which to live and work.

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The lifeblood of a company is its ability to understand and connect with its customers. To be successful, it’s critical that the workforce is as diverse as the customers.

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Being able to select from a broader pool of employees will lead to a stronger workforce, enabling the company to thrive and earn more revenue.

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Marriage equality would put employers in Illinois on an equal footing with employers in states that have already recognized the committed relationship of same-sex couples.

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There is no substitute for employees with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

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Support for marriage equality will enable every minority employee to feel secure and valued.

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Attracting talent to Illinois is key to our state’s economic future. Support for marriage equality helps build a reputation for fairness. Leading on the issue of equality is the right thing to do.

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Business Leaders Support the FREEDOM TO MARRY

(The following lists are illustrative and not complete. Please contact EQIL if you would like to add your name.) Illinois Business Leaders Supporting the Freedom to Marry:

Ă•Ă€ĂŒĂŠ >ˆÂ?iĂž]ĂŠ*Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒ]ĂŠ,iÂ?>ĂŒi`ĂŠˆ`ĂœiĂƒĂŒ Amy Bluhm ˜`Ă€iĂœĂŠ Â?Յ“]ĂŠÂœĂ•Â˜`iÀÊ>˜`ĂŠ*Ă€ÂˆÂ˜VÂˆÂŤ>Â?]ĂŠ iÂ?>Ăœ>Ă€iĂŠ-ĂŒĂ€iiĂŒĂŠ >ÂŤÂˆĂŒ>Â? iˆÂ?ĂŠ°Ê Â?Յ“]ĂŠÂœĂ•Â˜`iÀÊ>˜`ĂŠ>˜>}ˆ˜}ĂŠ*Ă€ÂˆÂ˜VÂˆÂŤ>Â?]ĂŠ7>Â?ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠ-ĂŒĂ€iiĂŒĂŠ >ÂŤÂˆĂŒ>Â? ÂœĂ€Â“ĂŠ ÂœLÂˆÂ˜Ăƒ]ĂŠÂœĂ€Â“iÀÊ "]ĂŠ>->Â?Â?iĂŠ >Â˜ÂŽĂ†ĂŠ Â…>ÂˆĂ€Â“>˜]ĂŠ*Ă€ÂˆĂ›>ĂŒi >Â˜ÂŽĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ/Ă€Ă•ĂƒĂŒĂŠ ϡ ˆÂ?Â?ĂŠ Ă€>˜`ĂŒ]ĂŠ*Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ "]ĂŠ iĂ›iÂ?ÂœÂŤÂ“iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ-ÂŤiVˆ>Â?ÂˆĂƒĂŒĂƒ]ĂŠ˜V° Carole Brown, Senior Managing Director, Barclays Capital Lewis B. Campbell, Chairman and CEO, Navistar International >˜ViĂŠ Â…Âœ`Ăž]ĂŠ "]ĂŠ>ÀÀiĂŒĂŒĂŠ*ÂœÂŤVÂœĂ€Â˜ĂŠ-Â…ÂœÂŤĂƒ *…ˆÂ?ÂˆÂŤĂŠ °Ê Â?i“iÂ˜ĂŒ]ĂŠÂ?ÂœL>Â?ĂŠ …ˆivĂŠ>ÀŽiĂŒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“Ă•Â˜ÂˆV>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂƒĂŠ"vwViĂ€]ĂŠœ˜ Hon. William M. Daley Laura Desmond, CEO, Starcom Mediavest Group Fred Eychaner, Chairman, Newsweb Corporation *>Ă•Â?ĂŠ-°ÊÂˆĂƒÂ…iĂ€]ĂŠ*Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ "]ĂŠ iÂ˜ĂŒiĂ€*ÂœÂˆÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ*Ă€ÂœÂŤiĂ€ĂŒÂˆiĂƒ Â?LiĂ€ĂŒĂŠ°ÊĂ€Âˆi`“>˜]ĂŠ "ĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ*Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒ]ĂŠĂ€Âˆi`“>Â˜ĂŠ*Ă€ÂœÂŤiĂ€ĂŒÂˆiĂƒ]ĂŠĂŒ`° *iĂŒiÀÊÂœĂŒĂŒÂ?ˆiL]ĂŠ*Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒ]ĂŠ ÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ…ĂŠ-ĂŒ>ÀÊÂ˜Ă›iĂƒĂŒÂ“iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ>˜>}i“iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ ÂœĂ€ÂŤÂœĂ€>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ David A. Helfand, CEO, Helix Funds

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Fred Hoch, CEO, Illinois Technology Association >ÀŽÊ-°ÊÂœÂŤÂ?>“>Ă˘Âˆ>˜]ĂŠ*Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ "]ĂŠĂž>ĂŒĂŒĂŠÂœĂŒiÂ?ĂƒĂŠ ÂœĂ€ÂŤÂœĂ€>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ Kym Hubbard, CIO and Treasurer, Ernst & Young ,ÂœÂ˜ĂŠĂ•LiÀ“>˜]ĂŠ Ă?iVĂ•ĂŒÂˆĂ›iĂŠ Â…>ÂˆĂ€]ĂŠ/Ă€>Â˜ĂƒÂˆĂŒ*Ă€ÂœĂŠÂœ}ÂˆĂƒĂŒÂˆVĂƒ]ĂŠ˜V° Chris Kennedy, Founder and Chairman, Top Box Foods 7ˆÂ?Â?ˆ>“Ê>ĂœÂ?iĂƒĂƒ]ĂŠ*Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒ]ĂŠ/Â…iĂŠ>}iĂŠEĂŠiÂ˜Ă€ÂˆĂŠ,iĂƒĂŒ>Ă•Ă€>Â˜ĂŒĂƒ Joseph Mansueto, Founder and CEO, Morningstar Inc. ÂœÂ…Â˜ĂŠ7°ÊVÂœĂœ>˜]ĂŠ-iÂ˜ÂˆÂœĂ€ĂŠ6ˆViĂŠ*Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒ]ĂŠ ÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ…iĂ€Â˜ĂŠ/Ă€Ă•ĂƒĂŒ Matt Moog, Founder and Chairman, Built In Chicago >Ă•Ă€>ĂŠ"½>Ă€>]ĂŠ Ă?iVĂ•ĂŒÂˆĂ›iĂŠ ÂˆĂ€iVĂŒÂœĂ€]ĂŠ6  ->Ă€>Â…ĂŠ*>˜}]ĂŠ-iÂ˜ÂˆÂœĂ€ĂŠ6ˆViĂŠ*Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒ]ĂŠ ÂœĂ€ÂŤÂœĂ€>ĂŒi ,ˆVÂ…>Ă€`ĂŠ-°Ê*Ă€ÂˆVi]ĂŠ Â…>ÂˆĂ€Â“>Â˜ĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ "]ĂŠiĂƒÂˆĂ€ÂœĂœĂŠˆ˜>˜Vˆ>Â? +Ă•ÂˆÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ °Ê*Ă€ÂˆÂ“ÂœĂŠ]ĂŠ Â…>ÂˆĂ€Â“>Â˜ĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ "]ĂŠ >ÂŤĂ€ÂˆĂŠ >ÂŤÂˆĂŒ>Â?ĂŠ*>Ă€ĂŒÂ˜iĂ€Ăƒ]ĂŠ

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In Their Own Words: “iÀˆV>½ÃÊVœÀ«œÀ>̈œ˜Ãʏi>À˜i`Ê long ago that equality is just good business and is the right thing to do.” Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs and Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

“Our company has a lengthy history of leading and supporting policies that promote equality and inclusion. This ˆ“«œÀÌ>˜Ìʏi}ˆÃ>̈œ˜ÊQ7>ň˜}̜˜½Ãʓ>ÀÀˆ>}iÊiµÕ>ˆÌÞÊLˆRʈÃÊ>ˆ}˜i`Ê܈̅Ê-Ì>ÀLÕVŽÃÊLÕȘiÃÃÊ«À>V̈ViÃÊ>˜`ÊÕ«…œ`ÃÊ our belief in the equal treatment of partners. We are deeply dedicated to embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and remain committed to providing an inclusive, supportive, and safe work environment for all of our partners.” - Kalen Holmes, ÝiVṎÛiÊ6ˆViÊ*ÀiÈ`i˜Ìʈ˜Ê*>À̘iÀÊ,iÜÕÀViÃʜvÊStarbucks

“The spirit of these bills is consistent with our longstanding employment practices.”

- Mary Osako, Spokeswoman for Amazon

“At Microsoft we pride ourselves on our products and services, our brand, and our global reach. But unquestionably, œÕÀÊi“«œÞiiÃÊ>ÀiʜÕÀÊ}Ài>ÌiÃÌÊ>ÃÃiÌðÊÃʜ̅iÀÊÃÌ>ÌiÃÊÀiVœ}˜ˆâiʓ>ÀÀˆ>}iÊiµÕ>ˆÌÞ]Ê7>ň˜}̜˜½ÃÊi“«œÞiÀÃÊ>ÀiÊ>ÌÊ>Ê disadvantage if we cannot offer a similar, inclusive environment to our talented employees, our top recruits and their families. Employers in the technology sector face an unprecedented national and global competition for top talent. Marriage equality in Washington would put employers here on an equal footing with employers in the six other states that already recognize the committed relationships of same-sex couples… This in turn will help us continue to compete for talent.” - Brad Smith, General Counsel to Microsoft

“Anything that makes Indiana less inclusive and less welcoming for our current employees and for our future i“«œÞiiÃʓ>ŽiÃʈÌʓœÀiÊ`ˆvwVՏÌÊvœÀÊ Õ““ˆ˜ÃÊ̜ÊVœ“«iÌi°

- Mark Osowick, Recruiting Director for Cummins, speaking about a potential ban on same-sex marriage in Indiana

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Marriage Equality:

FAIR TO FAMILIES, GOOD FOR BUSINESS, GREAT FOR ILLINOIS FINANCIAL IMPACT- Allowing same-sex couples to marry will have positive effects on the Illinois economy and tax revenues. Should marriage equality become law in Illinois, The Williams Institute projects additional revenue of up to $103 million in spending over three years just from weddings by Illinois residents. The study estimates ̅>ÌÊ̅iÊÃÌ>Ìi½ÃÊÜi``ˆ˜}ÊLÕȘiÃÃÊܜՏ`ÊÃiiÊ>˜Êˆ˜VÀi>ÃiÊLÞÊfÇ{ʓˆˆœ˜Ê>˜`Ê>˜Êˆ˜VÀi>ÃiʜvÊfәʓˆˆœ˜Êˆ˜Ê̜ÕÀˆÃ“Ê iÝ«i˜`ˆÌÕÀiÃʓ>`iÊLÞʜÕ̇œv‡ÌœÜ˜Ê}ÕiÃÌðÊ/œÌ>ÊÃÌ>ÌiÊ>˜`ʏœV>ÊÌ>ÝÊÀiÛi˜ÕiÊܜՏ`ÊÀˆÃiÊLÞÊfn°xʓˆˆœ˜]ʈ˜VÕ`ˆ˜}Ê>˜Ê estimated $1-2 million in local sales taxes. ECONOMIC PULL- According to Forbes, if marriage equality was legal nationwide, there would be an estimated f£È°nÊLˆˆœ˜Ê>``i`Ê̜Ê̅iʘ>̈œ˜½ÃÊiVœ˜œ“ÞÊvÀœ“ÊÃ>“i‡ÃiÝÊÜi``ˆ˜}Ã°Ê BROAD NEED- VVœÀ`ˆ˜}Ê̜Ê̅iʏ>ÌiÃÌÊVi˜ÃÕÃ]Ê̅iÀiÊ>ÀiʜÛiÀÊÈxä]äääÊÃ>“i‡ÃiÝÊVœÕ«iÃʈ˜Ê̅iÊ1˜ˆÌi`Ê-Ì>ÌiÃ°Ê ˆ˜œˆÃʈÃʅœ“iÊ̜Ê>“œÃÌÊ{ä]äääʜvÊ̅iÃiÊVœÕ«iÃ]Ê>LœÕÌÊÓ£¯ÊœvÊ܅œ“Ê>ÀiÊÀ>ˆÃˆ˜}ÊV…ˆ`Ài˜° GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY- ->“i‡ÃiÝÊVœÕ«iÃʏˆÛiʈ˜Ê>ÊÀi}ˆœ˜Ãʜvʏˆ˜œˆÃ]Ê>˜`Ê̅iÀiÊ>ÀiÊ{{ÊVˆÌˆiÃÊ̅ÀœÕ}…œÕÌÊ̅iÊ ÃÌ>ÌiÊ̅>ÌÊ>Àiʅœ“iÊ̜ÊxäʜÀʓœÀiÊÃ>“i‡ÃiÝÊVœÕ«iÃÊi>V…°

JUST THE FACTS UÊÊÊ/…iÊÃiv‡ˆ`i˜Ìˆwi`Ê1°-°Ê /Ê«œ«Õ>̈œ˜Êˆ˜ÊÓä£äʈÃÊ£xÊ̜ʣÈʓˆˆœ˜Ê«iÀܘÃ]Ê܅œÊ…>ÛiÊ>ÊVœ“Lˆ˜i`Ê«ÕÀV…>Ș}Ê «œÜiÀÊiÝVii`ˆ˜}ÊfÇ{ÎÊLˆˆœ˜°Ê UÊÊÊ“œ˜}ÊÃ>“i‡ÃiÝÊVœÕ«iÃÊ܈̅ÊLœÌ…Ê«>À̘iÀÃʈ˜Ê̅iʏ>LœÀÊvœÀVi]ʓi`ˆ>˜Ê…œÕÃi…œ`ʈ˜Vœ“iʈÃÊÈ}˜ˆwV>˜ÌÞʅˆ}…iÀÊ ­f™{]äää®Ê̅>˜Ê>“œ˜}ʅiÌiÀœÃiÝÕ>ÊVœÕ«iÃÊ­fnÈ]äää®°Ê UÊÊÊÀœÕ˜`Ê{ȯʜvÊ«iœ«iʈ˜ÊÃ>“i‡ÃiÝÊVœÕ«iÃʅ>ÛiÊVœi}iÊ`i}ÀiiÃ]ÊVœ“«>Ài`Ê̜Ê՘`iÀʜ˜i‡Ì…ˆÀ`ʜvÊ«iœ«iʈ˜Ê heterosexual couples. UÊÊÊ/…iÊ1°-°Ê i˜ÃÕÃÊ ÕÀi>ÕÊ>˜`Ê̅iÊ1ÀL>˜Ê˜Ã̈ÌÕÌiÊÀi«œÀÌ\ rÊÇȯʜvÊ /ʈ˜`ˆÛˆ`Õ>Ãʅ>ÛiÊ>˜˜Õ>Ê…œÕÃi…œ`ʈ˜Vœ“iÃÊ>LœÛiÊ̅iʘ>̈œ˜>Ê>ÛiÀ>}i° rÊÎä¯ÊœvÊ /ʈ˜`ˆÛˆ`Õ>Ãʅ>ÛiÊ>˜Ê>˜˜Õ>Êˆ˜Vœ“iÊ>LœÛiÊf£ää]äää UÊÊn£¯ÊœvÊ /Ê“iÀˆV>˜ÃÊ>ÀiʏˆŽiÞÊ̜ÊVœ˜Ãˆ`iÀÊLÀ>˜`ÃÊ̅>ÌÊÃÕ««œÀÌʘœ˜‡«ÀœwÌÃʜÀÊV>ÕÃiÃʈ“«œÀÌ>˜ÌÊ̜Ê̅i“°Ê UÊÊÊnn¯ÊœvʏiÃLˆ>˜Ê>˜`Ê}>ÞÊ>`ՏÌÃÊ>˜`ÊÇä¯ÊœvʅiÌiÀœÃiÝÕ>ÃÊ>ÀiʏˆŽiÞÊ̜ÊVœ˜Ãˆ`iÀÊ>ÊLÀ>˜`Ê̅>ÌʈÃʎ˜œÜ˜Ê̜ʫÀœÛˆ`iÊ iµÕ>ÊܜÀŽ«>ViÊLi˜iwÌÃÊvœÀÊ>ÊœvÊ̅iˆÀÊi“«œÞiiÃ]ʈ˜VÕ`ˆ˜}ʏiÃLˆ>˜ÃÊ>˜`Ê}>ÞÃ°Ê UÊÊÊVVœÀ`ˆ˜}ÊÌœÊ œ““Õ˜ˆÌÞÊ>ÀŽï˜}ʘV°]Ê̅ÀiiʜÕÌʜvÊvœÕÀÊ /ʈ˜`ˆÛˆ`Õ>Ãʅ>ÛiÊV…>˜}i`ÊLÀ>˜`ÃÊ܅i˜Ê>Ê company has exhibited pro LGBT support. UÊÊʘÊ̅iʘiÝÌÊÈʓœ˜Ì…ÃʍÕÃÌʏœœŽˆ˜}Ê>ÌʏiÃLˆ>˜Ê>˜`Ê}>ÞÊ>`ՏÌÃ]ÊΣ¯ÊiÝ«iVÌÊ̅iˆÀʅœÕÃi…œ`½ÃÊw˜>˜Vˆ>ÊVœ˜`ˆÌˆœ˜Ê̜ÊLiÊ LiÌÌiÀ]ÊVœ“«>Ài`Ê܈̅ÊÓ{¯ÊœvʅiÌiÀœÃiÝÕ>Ê>`ՏÌðÊÊ UÊÊÊ Ý«ÀiÃÃÊÃÕ««œÀÌÊvœÀÊ /ÊiµÕ>ˆÌÞ]ʈ˜VÕ`ˆ˜}Êi˜`œÀÃi“i˜Ìʜvʓ>ÀÀˆ>}iÊiµÕ>ˆÌÞÊvœÀʏiÃLˆ>˜Ê>˜`Ê}>ÞÊVœÕ«iÃ]Ê sends a positive and unequivocal message to LGBT employees and customers and makes an important statement on diversity and inclusion.

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Barack Obama *ÀiÈ`i˜ÌʜvÊ̅i United States (Democrat)

Dick Cheney Joe Biden 6ˆVi‡*ÀiÈ`i˜ÌʜvÊ̅iÊ United States (Democrat)

Bill Clinton vœÀ“iÀÊ*ÀiÈ`i˜ÌʜvÊ the United States (Democrat)

vœÀ“iÀÊ6ˆViÊ*ÀiÈ`i˜ÌÊ of the United States (Republican)

Pat Quinn Rahm Emanuel Mayor of Chicago (Democrat)

Governor of Illinois (Democrat)

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*œˆÌˆV>Êi>`iÀÃÊ-Õ««œÀ̈˜}ÊÊ MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Dick Durbin

Judy Baar Topinka

U.S. Senator, Illinois (Democrat)

Mark Kirk

Illinois Comptroller (Republican)

U.S. Senator, Illinois (Republican)

Pat Brady former Illinois Republican *>ÀÌÞÊ …>ˆÀ

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Michael Madigan John Cullerton Illinois Senate *ÀiÈ`i˜ÌÊ (Democrat)

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Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives (Democrat)


AN OPEN LETTER FROM ILLINOIS BUSINESS LEADERS ON THE FREEDOM TO MARRY >˜ÞÊv>V̜ÀÃÊ}œÊˆ˜ÌœÊVÀi>̈˜}Ê>ÊÃÌ>Ìi½ÃÊLÕȘiÃÃÊi˜ÛˆÀœ˜“i˜Ì°Ê*iÀ…>«ÃʓœÃÌʈ“«œÀÌ>˜ÌʈÃÊ>ÊÃÌ>Ìi½ÃÊ ability to attract top talent from around the world. Since human capital drives innovation and growth, a state must foster an environment where people want to live. To be competitive, a state must create an equitable, fair and respectful environment for all of its citizens. For this reason – among others – it is vitally important that Illinois lawmakers enact marriage equality soon. 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 ˆÃÊ«>ÀÌʜvÊ̅>Ì°Ê/…>̽Ãʜ˜iÊÀi>ܘʓ>˜ÞÊi“«œÞiÀÃʅ>ÛiÊ>`œ«Ìi`ʘœ˜‡`ˆÃVÀˆ“ˆ˜>̈œ˜Ê«œˆVˆiÃÊ>˜`Ê œvviÀÊ`œ“iÃ̈VÊ«>À̘iÀÊLi˜iwÌð >ÀÀˆ>}iÊiµÕ>ˆÌÞÊ«Àœ“œÌiÃÊiVœ˜œ“ˆVÊ`iÛiœ«“i˜Ì]Ê̜œ°ÊVVœÀ`ˆ˜}Ê̜Ê̅iÊ1 Ê-V…œœÊœvÊ>ܽÃÊ Williams Institute, allowing same-sex couples to marry would generate between $39 million and fÇÓʓˆˆœ˜Êˆ˜ÊÀiÛi˜ÕiÃÊvœÀʏˆ˜œˆÃÊLÕȘiÃÃiÃ]ÊVÀi>̈˜}Êf{°xʓˆˆœ˜Ê̜Êfnʓˆˆœ˜Êˆ˜Ê˜iÜÊÃ>iÃÊ>˜`Ê lodging tax revenues over three years. The American people are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a majority believing same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. We agree with them. States with the metro areas of New York City, Seattle, Boston, and Baltimore have already legalized marriage equality. Here in the Midwest, Iowa and Minnesota have granted full marriage equality. Illinois simply cannot afford to be less competitive than other states. /…iʏˆ˜œˆÃʏi}ˆÃ>ÌÕÀiÊŜՏ`Ê>VÌʘœÜ°Ê̽ÃÊ̅iÊÀˆ}…ÌÊ̅ˆ˜}ÊvœÀʏˆ˜œˆÃ°Ê

To join the long list of signatories of this open letter, to endorse the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, or to discuss marriage equality further please contact Equality Illinois.

Equality Illinois 17 North State Street, Suite 1020 Chicago, Illinois 60602 ÇÇ·{ÇLJǣÇÎ info@eqil.org. www.eqil.org

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