In June, Charlie Zelle, CEO of Jefferson Lines, shared his opinions on why the marriage amendment is simply bad for Minnesota.
Minnesota businesses reflect the values of most Minnesotans. “Quality of Life” isn’t just a trite phrase for those of us who make our homes here. It is a recognition that our state thrives when we have communities that prosper, cultural and recreational opportunities that are world-class, and an environment that celebrates diversity. Business leaders are opposing the marriage amendment because it’s the right thing to do.
He goes on to highlight how important an open and diverse culture is in attracting talent for Minnesota businesses:
[The] job-creators of the future aren’t here because of the weather. A key driver for young, educated workers — not just gays and lesbians, but educated young workers in general — is a community’s openness.
Yet another CEO shares his views on why amendment is bad for Minnesota and bad for business. Zelle concludes his piece with a plug to vote NO:
Minnesotans also should have no doubts on the marriage amendment. Doing the right thing — voting against the amendment — is also the smart business strategy.