News service endorses same-sex ‘marriage,’ swears it won’t affect its coverage
EAGAN, Minnesota, July 17, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of the world’s leading news agencies, Thomson Reuters, has endorsed same-sex “marriage,” but insists its corporate-wide political stance will not taint its news coverage of the subject.
Thomson Reuters, a merger of the Thomson Corporation and the Reuters Group – which includes Reuters News – publicly announced its opposition to a constitutional amendment in Minnesota banning the redefinition of marriage.
“We believe the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, if passed, would limit our ability to recruit and retain top talent,” said an e-mail from company officials Mike Suchsland and Rick King. “For this reason, we do not believe that the Amendment would be good for Thomson Reuters or the business community in the state.”
But this will not color its presentation of the issue or those who oppose it, they state. The company insists,“as a news organization, Thomson Reuters is dedicated to upholding our Trust Principles and does not advocate political or religious positions.”
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The state’s pro-family leaders say the company is wrong on the facts.
“The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment makes no change to our existing law and thus would have no impact on our economy,” said John Helmberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage. “It simply puts our current definition of marriage beyond the reach of activist judges and politicians to change it without the consent of the voters.”
In fact, a study from the Social Trends Institute found a family that is married with children spends more than three times more on household products and services than single people and significantly more than childless married couples.
Helmberger notes that, according to a CNBC study, nine of the top 10 states for doing business have marriage protection amendments.
The state constitutions of Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Virginia all define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The tenth state, Wyoming, does not recognize same-sex marriages, either.
Minnesota ranks eleventh. It faces a state referendum on a marriage protection amendment this November.