Harrah’s Casinos Lobbies for Nevada Domestic Partnerships

Timothy Kincaid

May 22nd, 2009

In Nevada, Harrah’s Casinos operates

  • Harrah’s Reno
  • Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
  • Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas
  • Caesars Palace
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • Rio
  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Bally’s Las Vegas
  • Imperial Palace

So it is fair to say that Harrah’s is no small player in the Nevada business community.

Harrah’s makes an effort to target the gay community in it’s marketing, particularly for Paris Las Vegas. And now Harrah’s is adding its power to the fight for rights in Nevada.

The State’s legislature has approved a Domestic Partnership bill providing many of the rights, priveleges and obligations of marriage to same-sex couples. However, anticipating a veto from Governor Jim Doyle Gibbons, supporters are hoping to marshall the votes needed to override the veto. It appears that they will need two more votes in each of the House and the Senate.

So Harrah’s Senior Vice President Jan Jones has written a letter to legislators encouraging them to consider the impact that their vote can have on the state’s ecomony. (Trading Markets)

“Our state cannot afford to lose any more revenue to other destinations because of a reputation as a place which is not socially or politically the right place to do business or to vacation,” Jones stated in the letter, dated Tuesday.

Gays and lesbians have the highest disposable income of any segment of the population, according to Jones.

“Our company does aggressive marketing to this community,” Jones said Wednesday. “How can we say to them ‘we want your business, but we don’t care about your rights.'”

Jones’ concern is not without basis. Gay couples may decide that Atlantic City is their better gambling choice; in case something happens to one of them, New Jersey’s domestic partnership laws provide protection and access to medical facilities.

But in either city, I think I’ll choose Harrah’s for my lodging and gaming.

UPDATE:

Although Harrah’s was the most proactive, they are not alone in their support for Domestic Partnerships (Forbes)

The powerful Nevada Resort Association, representing the state’s biggest hotel-casinos, joined Friday in support of a domestic partnership bill that may be vetoed by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

Bill Bible, head of the association, said the bill would help to ensure the resort industry’s thousands of employees have “the fundamental right to the same benefits enjoyed by other Nevadans.”

Although there is no word yet on whether this has yet changed the vote of any legislator, no Nevada politician wants to be on the wrong side of the largest, most powerful economic and political force in the state.

Ben in Oakland

May 22nd, 2009

oh, the irony.

Bill Bible. :)

mike/

May 22nd, 2009

Las Vegas has always been one of the most friendly LGBTQ places i’ve ever been. the casinos, businesses and most citizens really do believe in “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!”

the state has more important things to deal with – like their economy, duh…

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