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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Kudos...: To Twin Cities public relations firms and ad agencies including Fleishman-Hillard, Carmichael Lynch, LaBreche Murray, Fast Horse, Maccabee, and Morgan&Myers for getting involved in a contentious human rights issue.

The firms have signed on to a letter to governor Tim Pawlenty and Members of the Minnesota Legislature urging them to refrain from changing the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, arguing that it would make it more difficult for employers in the state to attract creative professionals who care about diversity, equality and freedom.

"An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would prohibit marriage, civil unions or legal protections for same-sex couples would communicate the wrong message to creative workers and creative clients," says the letter. "Sending this issue to ballot would polarize our state, undermining the progressive business climate that sustains our creative industry economically.

"As Minnesota business owners and leaders, we ask that you oppose an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution prohibiting marriage for same-sex couples and any effort to put this issue on the ballot. We believe this amendment to the Minnesota Constitution would be an anti-business bill. Please join us in rejecting it. "

Interesting that a couple of the state's largest PR operations are missing, though.

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