Wednesday, August 21, 2013

LIlly and Cummins Join the Battle to Resist Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

Two of Indiana's largest corporate employers, Eli Lilly and Cummins Engines, have joined Freedom Indiana's campaign to derail a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage in Indiana. Lilly spokesman Rob Smith called the marriage amendment unfair: “So our values and our commitment to diversity require us to take a stand opposing this amendment.” Cummins spokesman Jon Mills said, “We need a welcoming environment in order to recruit, attract, and retain the best talent." A WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey conducted late last year found 54 percent opposed to the marriage amendment and just 38 percent in support; respondents were evenly split on legalizing gay marriage at 45 to 45 percent. If the amendment passes in the upcoming legislative session, it would be voted on as a referendum in the 2014 elections. Read more about the fight against the amendment here and here.