Gay-marriage ban considered by Indiana lawmakers

I want someone who is against gay marriage to prove to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that allowing same-sex marriages will hurt company and college recruitment. I’m betting they cannot.

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Indiana lawmakers on Monday heard arguments on a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, bucking a U.S. trend in the past two years of states, voters and courts allowing gays to marry.

Executives from Indiana businesses, including the Indianapolis-based drug company Eli Lilly and Co. and Indiana University, warned the amendment would hurt recruitment.

“Top talent will go elsewhere,” Stephen Fry, senior vice president of human resources and diversity at Eli Lilly, told a state House judiciary committee. “Indiana doesn’t have mountains and oceans, so all it has is a friendly and welcoming environment. This hurts not just recruitment but retention – some of our best employees are edgy about staying.”

Others disputed these arguments.

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