Thomson Reuters opposes Minnesota’s proposed marriage amendment

Thomson Reuters, the giant information company that owns Westlaw in Eagan, has told its employees that it opposes the proposed marriage amendment that will be on the Minnesota ballot in November.

The amendment, if passed, would put into the state constitution wording that defines marriage as between only one man and one woman. State law already prohibits same-sex marriage, but supporters want it enshrined in the constitution because they fear courts could change that law, as has happened in other states.

Thomson Reuters, which has nearly 8,000 employees in Minnesota, says its opposition to the amendment is a business decision, not a political or religious position.

The email to employees said:

“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.”

Minnesotans United for All Families, a group campaigning to defeat the amendment, said Thomson Reuters joins General Mills and St. Jude Medical as Fortune 500 companies opposing the measure.

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