Business leaders to lawmakers: Focus on jobs, not marriage

Staff writerSeptember 12, 2011 

A who's who of local business leaders have delivered an open letter to state legislators this morning, urging them to stop efforts to enact a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, unions or partnerships.

More than 75 business leaders signed the letter, which says, in part, "We write to oppose this extreme amendment because of the significant harm it will cause our state's pro-business environment, its major employers, and efforts to spur job-creation in North Carolina."

The group wrote that the amendment would adversely impact the state's workforce quality, regulations and living environment. The latter by "spurring an unnecessary and divisive 14-month political battle that would be broadcast across the country."

The signers included: Martin Eakes, CEO of Self Help and the Center for Responsible Lending; Kel Landis, a partner in Pelux Capital; Ping Fu, CEO of Geomagic; Marc Noel, chairman of the Noel Group; Ryan Allis, CEO of iContact; Barbara Goodmon, president of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation; Andy and Barbara Rotchschild, principals of Scientific Properties; Gordon Grubb, CEO of Grubb Ventures; Chuck Wilson, owner and president of CT Wilson Construction; Scott Custer, CEO of Piedmont Community Bank and Joseh DeSimone, founder of Liquidia Technologies.

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