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Seven out of Ten LGBT Adults, Given the Choice, Prefer Jobs in States That Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, WASHINGTON, DC and ROCHESTER, NY)– October 6, 2009 – According to the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Survey, other factors being equal, 71 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults would prefer a job with an employer based in a state where marriage equality is recognized over an employer based in a state that does not yet recognize marriage equality for same-sex couples.

“As marriage equality reaches more states and touches more lives, more families and more workplaces, employers based in states that deny this right will begin to face increasing challenges in trying to recruit and retain top LGBT talent,” said Out & Equal Founding Executive Director Selisse Berry. “Marriage equality is a real business issue for all of America’s business leaders as they strive to achieve a diverse, well-qualified and loyal workforce.”

The 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive® in conjunction with Out & Equal and Witeck-Combs Communications. Beginning in 2002, this survey has become a trusted annual barometer of attitudes surrounding LGBT issues in the workplace and is the longest-running national survey of its kind.

“We don’t promote diversity in the workplace just because it’s morally right. We promote diversity because it’s essential to the success of any organization that aspires to reach a broad cross-section of Americans,” said John Berry, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. “Only a workforce that reflects our country’s wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives will fully serve the American people.”