CEO Says Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Indiana Would Be “Detrimental” to Business

by Gabe Bullard on April 1, 2011

The CEO of Eli Lilly says Indiana’s proposed amendment banning gay marriage could hurt business.

Citing concerns that it would hurt employee recruitment, the company appealed to state lawmakers not to pass the constitutional amendment during this year’s legislative session. CEO John Lechleiter says he can’t say whether the state’s current same-sex marriage ban has deterred anyone from applying to work at the Indianapolis-based company, but he thinks the amendment definitely would.

“I think this legislation elevates this matter to a different level and I think [it] will be detrimental,” he says.

The amendment is not yet part of the state Constitution. It must pass the legislature again in two years, then be put to a public vote.

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John Simmons April 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Once again a same sex Gay Marriage Ban, which violates the Declaration of Independence’s intent that all men (or women) are created equal. . . and the pursuit of happiness. . . by homophobic politicians of another backward state, show their ignorance by igniting issues that have nothing to do with national security, the economy, crime, education, religious freedom, or any pertinent issue in the realm of politics. Freedom is the word Republicans keep using when they start wars but never use it for the freedoms of American citizens who pay taxes and just want to live in freedom with rights for all under God.

Eric April 3, 2011 at 4:53 am

This is so sad. Please watch my video response to this news on YouTube and repost it if you feel the same way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV6t_6kvYOM

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