Thomson Reuters, the company that operates the Reuters news agency, has come out against Minnesota’s proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
This announcement was made in a statement released via email to Thomson Reuters employees on Friday.
“As we’ve heard from employees, recruiters and customers, one thing has been very clear: we’re a better place when we have a rich variety of perspectives, talents, backgrounds, lifestyles and experiences in our workplace, and within the broader community from which we recruit. We believe that building a culture that thrives on diversity and inclusion and provides equal opportunities to everyone is a critical factor in our ability to serve our customers and be successful. …We believe the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, if passed, would limit our ability to recruit and retain top talent. For this reason, we do not believe that the Amendment would be good for Thomson Reuters or the business community in the state.”
The media group termed its opposition to the measure as a “business position.”
Thomson Reuters, while having its headquarters in New York City, has almost 8,000 employees in Minnesota, most of them based in the Minneapolis suburb of Eagan.
The move has been praised by local LGBT rights groups.
“Today’s historic announcement by Thomson Reuters shows that, more and more, companies in Minnesota are standing up and saying that this hurtful amendment is not in the best interests of businesses, families or the state of Minnesota,” Richard Carlbom, executive director of Minnesotans United for All Families, is quoted as saying.
Those pushing for the amendment, the group Minnesota For Marriage, has said that Thomson Reuters should not take sides in this issue and lambasted Thomson about its concern over the financial impact of the measure, with Chuck Darrel, the group’s spokesperson, saying. ”The claim that it will hurt the Minnesota economy is a complete myth.”
The fact that groups are having to pump money into million dollar campaigns to either defend or oppose the ballot initiative, money that could be spent elsewhere, would seem to indicate otherwise.
Thomson Reuters is the latest on a now rapidly growing list of businesses actively opposing the amendment. Last month food giant General Mills added its name to those opposed to codifying the state’s existing ban on gay marriage.