AMC INSTITUTE DENOUNCES LGBT DISCRIMINATORY LAWS
Friday, April 8, 2016
Alexandria, Va. – The Association Management Company Institute (AMCI) stands strongly in support of diversity and inclusion practices, not only within the association sector, but in the municipalities and states in which associations operate. AMCI is opposed to any law that permits or gives the appearance of tolerating discrimination. AMCI opposes a controversial law signed by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory banning local jurisdictions from enacting ordinances to protect the rights of LGBT citizens.
The N.C. law was announced, passed and signed in a single-day emergency legislative session last week. Similar laws have recently been enacted in Mississippi and other states. The law blocks the civil rights protections for gay and transgender people that had been enacted in Charlotte.
The AMC Institute represents over 180 association management companies managing more than 1,800 associations. AMC-managed associations account for more than $1.5 billion in total revenue.
“This is an issue of ethical, economic and professional importance to associations and to association management companies,” said AMCI Chair Greg Schultz. “The members of the Association Management Company Institute stand with our colleagues, clients and members in promoting diversity and inclusion and objecting to any sort of discrimination.”
AMCI supports the letter from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) delivered to Governor McCrory that said the law “denies fundamental rights to LGBT citizens and threatens to give rise to state-sanctioned discrimination, along with potentially causing serious harm to the state’s meeting and convention business if it goes unchanged.”
AMCI advances professionalism and superior performance standards for association management companies.
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