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Mayo Clinic takes no stand on marriage amendment

Mayo Clinic won't take a position on the proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. But its CEO has repeated its stand that everyone has to respect differences among staff and patients.
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Mayo Clinic won't take a position on the proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. But its CEO has repeated its stand that everyone has to respect differences among staff and patients.

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