CHICAGO – Exelon (Nasdaq: EXC) is among more than 170 companies to sign a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) letter supporting legislation before the U.S. Senate that would codify marriage equality as federal law.
The letter was delivered to every Senator on July 28. They will soon vote on the Respect for Marriage Act, which guarantees the federal rights, benefits, and obligations of marriages in the federal code; repeals the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); and affirms that public acts, records and proceedings are recognized by all states. The Respect for Marriage Act recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support.
HRC is mobilizing major businesses, along with the organization’s membership and 62 million "equality voters," in a broad advocacy effort around the legislation. Exelon and the other company signatories employ more than 5.3 million U.S.-based workers and have operations in all 50 states.
Exelon released the following statement after signing the letter:
“Respect for human rights is a fundamental value of Exelon, and that includes marriage equality. We are committed to supporting, respecting, and protecting human rights in our relationships with our employees and in the communities we serve. We proudly support the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act as a way to protect these basic rights once and for all.”
Exelon has earned the "Best Places to Work" designation on HRC's Corporate Equality Index for 10 consecutive years. The index rates employers based on their policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, and Exelon received a perfect score of 100 in 2021. Exelon was also one of only 24 companies to make DiversityInc’s 2021 list of top employers for LGBTQ inclusiveness and community ties.
More information about Exelon's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is available at exeloncorp.com.