Reuters announces opposition to anti-gay Minnesota amendment

Thomson Reuters is the latest company to announce that it’s opposing
Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

In an e-mail to employees, the highest two ranking executives
headquartered in Minnesota (Mike Suchsland, President of Thomson Reuters
Legal, and Rick King, COO, Technology) wrote that the amendment would
hurt their ability to attract employees to work in Minnesota. Thompson
Reuters is headquartered in New York and Westlaw, formerly West
Publishing, is a subsidiary in Eagan.

“We believe the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, if passed, would limit
our ability to recruit and retain top talent,” the e-mail said. “For
this reason, we do not believe that the Amendment would be good for
Thomson Reuters or the business community in the state.”

Thomson Reuters has 7,900 employees in Minnesota. In the e-mail,
company officials also noted that the company’s position is a “business
decision” and that “as a news organization, Thomson Reuters is dedicated
to upholding our Trust Principles and does not advocate political or
religious positions.”

The company’s announcement comes just weeks after General Mills
announced that it would oppose the amendment. It has also sparked a
debate over whether the amendment would hurt or help the state’s
business climate.