Same-sex marital relationship ruling is just one step to equality

As a long-lasting supporter for LGBT neighborhoods and the development of equal rights for everyone, I was delighted to become aware of the Supreme Court’s decision making same-sex marriage a basic right across the nation. Obergefell v. Hodges forever will be remembered as evidence that “love wins.”

Amazing as it is, marriage equality is simply the beginning. On July 24, Congressional Democrats introduced the Equality Act, which would secure all Americans from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This legislation is an upgrade to the Civil liberty Act of 1964 and would offer securities in work, education, real estate, public accommodations and where discrimination has actually been prohibited for other safeguarded groups of individuals. For example, same-sex couples now can marry in all 50 states, however they do not have employment protections in 28 states. That would change under this expense.

We at Caesars Entertainment support the Equality Act. However, we cannot depend on the political procedure alone. After all, it’s unclear whether Congress will handle this legislation. So it is very important that all of us take action and leverage the energy of Obergefell v. Hodges to ensure equal rights encompass everybody.

For us, that suggests labor force variety and addition, which our team believe are the secrets to continuing the positive effect of the court’s decision. It’s not just the ideal thing to do, it favorably affects business performance. According to the Harvard Company Testimonial, research offers compelling proof that a diverse employee base opens innovation and drives growth. And according to McKinsey & & Co., Fortune 500 business with varied executive boards delight in substantially higher profits and returns on equity.

At Caesars, we desire our team to be as diverse as the people we serve. We are pleased that more than 32,000 workers (57 percent) are from minority groups, that females make up 41 percent of our management team which we’ve earned a best score in the HRC’s Business Equality Index for 8 years in a row. Our insistence on employing highly qualified employee who reflect the rich variety of our communities represents a real advantage.

Moving on, my hope is that Obergefell v. Hodges is more than a landmark ruling for the LGBT community. I want its biggest legacy to be equality recognized for all Americans. Personally, I want to see a purposeful push for gender pay equity and more diverse corporate boards.

Regardless of the issue, merely hoping for modification won’t make it occur, nor will relying on governmental legislation alone. It takes everyone working together– people and organizations– to make real equality a fact for everybody.

Jan Jones Blackhurst is executive vice president of interactions, government relations and business responsibility at Caesars Home entertainment. She is a previous two-term mayor of Las Vegas.

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