The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday that it has endorsed Hillary Clinton.
NGLCC CEO Chance Mitchell noted in a press release that his organization had never endorsed a candidate since he and Justin Nelson co-founded it in 2002. He said the stakes in this election “have never been so high for the future of the LGBT business community.”
“The LGBT community has come too far to lose its seat at the table,” said Mitchell. “We are certain that Secretary Clinton will be the president fighting for the collective economic and social longevity of America’s 1.4 million LGBT business owners.”
Clinton in her statement that welcomed the NGLCC endorsement noted the impact North Carolina’s House Bill 2 has had on the state’s businesses. She also pointed out Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, signed Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law that sparked calls to boycott the state.
“The man Trump chose as his running mate signed a law that opened the door for Indiana businesses to discriminate against LGBT people and said marriage equality could cause ‘societal collapse,’” said Clinton.
“As we’ve seen in North Carolina, discrimination isn’t only wrong — it’s bad for business,” she added.
NGLCC announced its endorsement of Clinton on the final day of its 2016 International Business and Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, Calif.