Illinois Restaurant Association: “It’s the right thing to do — and it’s good for business.”


With the Illinois General Assembly poised to return to Springfield in less than two weeks, the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) today announced its strong support for the freedom to marry and urged members of the Illinois House to act quickly in passing SB10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

“As owners of small and large businesses, our members know the importance of treating all customers equally,” said IRA president Sam Toia. “It’s the right thing to do — and it’s good for business.”

Toia pointed to a study released in March by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that marriage equality would generate up to $103 million in spending in Illinois within the first three years of SB10’s passage. The boost to the wedding business and related industries such as hospitality would create 281 jobs, the study estimated.

“As a businessman, I worry that Illinois is falling behind,” Toia said.

The Illinois Restaurant Association joins many prominent communities in to endorse the freedom to marry in Illinois. Previous groups to speak out for marriage equality include: Illinois faith leaders, athletes, members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, local Latino leaders, and local African-American leaders.

Illinois Unites for Marriage applauds the Illinois Restaurant Association for their public support for the freedom to marry in Illinois. With the backing of groups like these, we are getting even closer to securing marriage for all loving and committed couples in Illinois, and getting revenue back to Illinois businesses.

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