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Illinois Business Leaders: Marriage Equality Makes Cents

6a00d8341c730253ef017c357d6694970b-200wiThe Chicago Tribune reports that more than 40 Illinois-based companies and their leading executives have penned an open letter making the economic case for marriage equality in the Land of Lincoln:

"To be competitive, a state must create an equitable, fair and respectful environment for all of its citizens," the letter said. "For this reason – among others — it is vitally important that Illinois lawmakers enact marriage equality soon."

In addition to Google Inc., Orbitz Worldwide Inc. and Groupon, individual signers of the letter include Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Lance Chody, CEO of Garrett Popcorn Shops, Fred Eychaner, chairman of the Newsweb Corporation and Laura Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs. Eychaner and Ricketts are both openly gay executives who reportedly have funded the statewide push for same-sex marriage.

"States with the metro areas of New York City, Seattle, Boston, and Baltimore have already legalized marriage equality," the letter said. "Here in the Midwest, Iowa has granted full marriage equality, while Minnesota is poised to do the same later this year. Illinois simply cannot afford to be less competitive than other states."

Lawmakers in Illinois plan on currently getting their votes together for a forthcoming vote.

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  1. Considering Illinois is something like the third or fourth biggest home of major companies, it's a pretty unimpressive list. HQ in Illinois but apparently not signing the letter are companies like Walgreen, McDonald's, Boeing, State Farm Insurance, Kraft, Sears, Allstate, John Deere, Motorola, Abbott Labs, and many, many more.

    Not sure the letter was worth the effort if almost all the big names of Illinois Inc stayed away.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 13, 2013 7:19:15 PM

  2. mdssd197uy Sorry, I saw them after just six months on the way back, they are the Amazon.

    Posted by: thomas sabo | Jan 13, 2013 9:01:55 PM

  3. And don't forget United Airlines. They're a huge employer in Illinois and employer of probably thousands of gays around the world, and they didn't sign either.

    Posted by: Pete | Jan 13, 2013 10:54:00 PM

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