Today's Indianapolis Star carries another story about a Fortune 500 company opposing SJR-7. Which Indiana company has thrown their hat over the fence this time? Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.
Lilly joined Wellpoint, Cummins and Dow AgroSciences as vocal opponents of the proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions when Tony Murphy, Lilly's senior vice president for human resources, sent a letter to House Speaker Pat Bauer.
"As a result of this uncertainty (over what the amendment's impact might be,)" Murphy wrote, "some employees may choose to leave Indiana to work in a state where these benefits are perceived not to be threatened. Given the great lengths Lilly takes to attract and retain top talent from around the world, we oppose any legislation that might impair our ability to offer competitive employee benefits or negatively impact our recruitment and retention."
In addition, Murphy wrote, Lilly is concerned the amendment "sends an unwelcoming signal to current and future employees making Indiana appear intolerant."
[UPDATE:] The American Values Alliance site has the full text of the letter thanks to Thomas from Blue Indiana.