Bil Browning

Eli Lilly opposes SJR-7

Filed By Bil Browning | March 28, 2007 11:37 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: constitutional amendment, Cummins Engine, Dow AgroSciences, Eli Lilly, Indiana, marriage, SJR-7, WellPoint

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.

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Has any company supported SJR-7?

As far as I know, none have. :)

I'm not counting on their making an impact, but it is gratifying that some of our largest employers are speaking up. I'm sure that some legislators are listening if only because many of them depend on contributions from corporations like these for their re-election.

Marla R. Stevens | March 30, 2007 2:20 PM

Stupendous! Could not be better phrased (or more accurate)!! Only the Chamber or Manufacturers would trump it as far as power and influence. Bravo!!