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Minnesota CEO urges execs to publicly fight marriage amendment

John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis, is among a handful of Minnesota executives to publicly declare their opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment that should ban same-sex marriage in the state. The Pioneer Press reports Taft is working behind the scenes to build a safety-in-numbers that will allow more high-profile business leaders to speak out against the amendment before the November election.
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John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis, is among a handful of Minnesota executives to publicly declare their opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment that should ban same-sex marriage in the state. The Pioneer Press reports Taft is working behind the scenes to build a safety-in-numbers that will allow more high-profile business leaders to speak out against the amendment before the November election.

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