News gathering company Thomson Reuters has said it opposes a proposed amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota.

In an email to employees on Friday, the company said: “As we've heard from employees, recruiters and customers, one thing has been very clear: we're a better place when we have a rich variety of perspectives, talents, backgrounds, lifestyles and experiences in our workplace, and within the broader community from which we recruit. We believe that building a culture that thrives on diversity and inclusion and provides equal opportunities to everyone is a critical factor in our ability to serve our customers and be successful. … 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.”

Spokesman John Shaughnessy told the AP that Thomson Reuters has almost 8,000 employees in Minnesota and 60,000 around the world.

Minnesotans United for All Families, the group working to defeat the measure in November, said that more than 100 Minnesota-based businesses oppose the amendment.

“Today's historic announcement by Thomson Reuters shows that, more and more, companies in Minnesota are standing up and saying that this hurtful amendment is not in the best interests of businesses, families or the state of Minnesota,” the group said in a statement.

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