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Businesses remain quiet on controversial Marriage Amendment

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CHARLOTTE -- North Carolinians will head to the polls next month faced with several decisions, including the hot button issue of marriage rights. The Marriage Amendment, which would define marriage as between a man and woman, is on the May 8 ballot. Although many religious and community groups are weighing in, many businesses remain quiet.

"It's certainly an issue that is very divisive,” said U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. “I don't think we should be putting discrimination in our constitution."

We've heard from church groups as well as community organizations that fall on both sides of the issue. When it comes to the business community, Gov. Bev Perdue says she's heard some concerns about how it could impact our state.

"The business leaders I've talked to are very clear to tell me that this would be damaging to our brand and affect the employees' morale and health care benefits of their companies,” she said.

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Karen Bentley disagrees and says to look to other states such as Georgia and South Carolina as examples.

"It certainly hasn't hurt business in those states, so I would contend that those who say it's detrimental to business, I don't agree," she said.

The Mecklenburg County Commission will vote on a resolution to oppose the marriage amendment at Tuesday's meeting.

The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce works closely with businesses to improve economic development. Its executive committee decided to remain neutral on the issue.

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