Statement from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby


WASHNGTON, D.C.—June 30, 2014—“This is truly a disappointing day because a majority of the Supreme Court justices has made a decision that will hurt our country, hurt businesses and hurt equality. The ruling for Hobby Lobby sets a dangerous precedent for future laws, such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, because it could give legal argument to for-profit companies to claim religious exemption on non-discrimination policies,” said Justin Nelson, co-founder and president NGLCC.

NGLCC was proud to sign on to an amicus curiae in the case in which it stated: “Recognizing a corporate free-exercise right would force companies to divert time and resources away from their core business activities in order to manage inevitable conflicts about the company’s purported religious beliefs that will arise among corporate stakeholders.”

“NGLCC is also greatly bothered that this ruling appears to now create a substantial threat to major gains in coverage the Affordable Care Act has brought to individuals,” said Nelson.

NGLCC stood with the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce to be the first business advocacy voices sharing policies on this case. 


The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people.

Seeing new opportunities for community advocacy, specifically in the economic arena, the NGLCC was founded as the exclusive company for certification as a LGBT-owned businesses. NGLCC is the direct link between corporations, governments and LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs.

Adam Shapiro

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