Former Medtronic CEO speaks out against marriage amendment

Bill George says "corporate leaders need to speak out forcefully against this amendment, because their companies have the most to lose if it passes." In his Star Tribune editorial, George also feels passage of the amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage "would make it increasingly difficult for Minnesota companies to recruit and retain the talented people required to build global companies."
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Bill George says "corporate leaders need to speak out forcefully against this amendment, because their companies have the most to lose if it passes." In his Star Tribune editorial, George also feels passage of the amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage "would make it increasingly difficult for Minnesota companies to recruit and retain the talented people required to build global companies."

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