Another major corporate backer of same sex marriage has emerged. Lloyd Blankfein, CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs has come out strongly in favor of marriage equality.
In a new video for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group Blankfein urges “majority of Americans who support marriage equality. America’s corporations learned long ago that equality is just good business and it’s the right thing to do,
Blankfein’s support is nothing new. He wrote an open letter to the New York Assembly in support of Gay Marriage when the issue was before the State Legislature last year. What is interesting to note is what Reuters had to say on the subject saying,
“a rare public display of support on a highly controversial issue from one of the financial world’s titans whose firm has not always endeared itself among supporters of liberal causes, depicted by some lawmakers and activists as the epitome of Wall Street greed.”
HRC says this is exactly why this video is so important. Because it shows a person who is not very progressive on most issues and is not very well liked on the Left, it show’s just how far across the political divide this issue reaches.
HRC executive Fred Sainz said to the New York Times,
“Lloyd Blankfein is not someone average Americans would think is going to support marriage equality,” he said. “The green visor crowd is not typically associated with socially progressive policies, and this is further proof that a diversity of Americans are coming to the same conclusion.”
Here is the HRC video staring Lloyd Blankfein