- The Washington Times - Monday, May 1, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the economy in Dallas went bust in the 1990s, Chris Everett started looking around for a new place to take his skills in advertising. He settled on Minneapolis — attracted, he says, by the city’s creative vibes.

Though Mr. Everett likes it here, he says he might be moving again soon. The reason: Minnesota, like many other states, might pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex “marriage.”

“To have bigotry and hatred written into our constitution changes the concept of everything, and I don’t know that I would feel as accepted here,” says Mr. Everett, who is homosexual.

In early April, more than 50 executives — in advertising, public relations, marketing and related fields — sent a letter to Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Legislature, warning that the proposed amendment could drive away talent from Minnesota.

“Our success as creative businesses depends upon our ability to recruit talented employees and draw clients from around the country who are attracted to Minnesota’s tradition of cultural diversity, openness and tolerance,” the executives said.

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