Seattle Chamber of Commerce: Marriage is Bad for Business

The Seattle Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the Washington State ballot initiative that seeks to legalize civil marriage between same-sex couples

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer quotes George Allen, the Chamber’s vice president for government relations, as saying, “There is a clear business case for supporting equal access to civil marriage rights.”

“Marriage equality allows companies to streamline benefit administration, improves our members’ ability to recruit and retain the best talent, and helps our state’s bottom line,” he added.

The bottom line of states that disregard morality is not healthy. And the idea that homosexuals are more “talented” than those who conform to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” is a Hollywood-generated stereotype that has about as much of a statistical foundation as the late-20th century descriptor of homosexuals: “gay.”

There certainly is no statistical evidence that homosexuals better exemplify the “Protestant Work Ethic” or make better entrepreneurs, employees, or capitalists.

But many Chambers of Commerce are no longer defenders even of capitalism and commerce as much as they are government subsidies and “crony capitalism.” Ron Paul often gets the lowest GOP score from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been getting it wrong since before the New Deal. Indeed, Adam Smith, whose most famous work, Wealth of Nations,  was published the same year as the Declaration of Independence (1776), noted that “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”

On May 25, 1791, in “A sermon Preached Before His Excellency John Hancock, Esq. Governor; His Honor Samuel Adams Esq. Lieutenant-Governor; The Honorable The Council, And The Honorable The Senate And House Of Representatives, Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts,” Rev. Chandler Robbins pointed out that,

“Industry- attention to business, is another, and a very essential requisite to public prosperity. A spirit of dissipation and indolence is the bane of societies, as well as of families and persons. “Let every one abide in his calling,” is the divine injunction [1 Corinthians 7:20]. A disregard of which, is commonly, and justly, followed with poverty, loss of credit, and misery to individuals, and to societies.”

Things have obviously changed in Massachusetts in 200 years. And the Seattle Chamber of Commerce envies the new approach. Specifically, the Chamber said same-sex “marriage” would “improve recruiting efforts for [Washington] state businesses, which compete against companies in states like Massachusetts and New York that have extended civil marriage rights to same sex couples.”

Just as the modern myth of “separation of church and state” has resulted in a State that thinks it is god, so a separation of morality and market leads business to believe that economic prosperity can be achieved without “a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” The economic Blessings of Liberty do not come unless consumers continually remind businesses that they have a duty to acknowledge God and observe His commandments.

But as Chandler Robbins asked, “What ground can there be to expect, that he who, himself disregards the laws of God; will frown on vice and immorality in others? Or, that he who is a slave to his own lusts and passions, will seriously attempt to regulate the passions of others?”