Adam Abram, the CEO of James River Group and chairman of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings, has said Amendment One would hurt businesses in North Carolina.

Voters will decide on Amendment One during North Carolina's May 8 primary. The constitutional amendment would bar the state from recognizing the relationships of gay and lesbian couples with marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

In a video released on Thursday, Abram urged voters to decide against the amendment because it would weaken the state's competitiveness.

“We need all the talented people we can get to help us build our state, educate our children, build our businesses and create prosperity for everybody,” Abram said in the nearly 2-minute video. “As soon as we start telling people, 'We don't want you here;' as soon as we start sending exclusive signals, we reverse the great trend we've had in North Carolina that's allowed us to bring all this talent into North Carolina and helped us build our state. Let's not close our doors. That's the wrong way for us. Let's be open, let's be forward-looking, let's be inclusive.”

“That's the side of history we want to be on,” he added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)