A new CNBC study of America's top states for doing business shows that all 10 of the top 10 business-friendly states in America prohibit gay marriage. Furthermore, 9 of the top 10 have marriage protection amendments in their state constitutions that are similar to the one proposed here in Minnesota.That may very well be true but it settles nothing. Such observations do not take into consideration things like executive recruitment and variances in different types of businesses. Many organizations have concluded that they must attract LGBT people to get the best talent. I would add that we seem to have a disproportionate senior level presence in high technology organizations. In addition, there is no way to measure the effect of a more recent amendment as proposed in Minnesota given that marriage equality is achieving majority support in the country as a whole.
Furthermore, there is a simpler issue. Gay marriages result in gay marriage celebrations. These events provide revenues throughout the hospitality, food and beverage industries. As Bill Clinton would say: