Post submitted by Trevor Chandler, former HRC Associate Regional Field Director

26 prominent Minnesota business leaders announced their support marriage equality and urged the legislature to act and pass marriage legislation this year.

Comprising some of the most influential business leaders in the state they collectively say that “Discrimination is bad for business.” Additionally they say:

“A welcoming state is essential to recruiting and retaining the best young talent. Minnesota employers have known this for years. Minnesota’s largest and most successful companies have been the nation’s leaders in creating diverse workplaces and extending family benefits to domestic partners. This leadership has made our community a strong magnet for attracting and retaining the nation’s top talent – not just gay and lesbian professionals, but today’s educated young workers who increasingly say that living in welcoming communities is important.”

Signers on the document include Marilyn Carlson Nelson, a Republican and owner of the Carlson group that runs Radisson Hotels and TGI Fridays along with owner of the Minnesota Twins James Pohlad.

This announcement comes on the heels of AFSCME Council 5 and the leaders of 4 major political parties announcing their support for marriage equality legislation earlier this week. The momentum continues to build as we expect a vote in the coming weeks!

HRC Regional Field Organizer Trevor Chandler has been in Minnesota for the past year working with the Minnesotans United campaign.  He serves as Political Director of the campaign.

Filed under: Marriage, Workplace

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