Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein says gay marriage is business issue; knocks FRC

Tue. March 12, 2013 6:57 AM by

Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, has said he believes gay marriage is a business issue and has criticized opponents as biased.

Appearing on CBS Moneywatch, Blankfein explained why he feels so strongly about the issue.

"This issue is a business issue," Blankfein said. "It's a civil rights issue, but it's also a business issue. The ability for employee benefits to be shared among spouses, the ability to move people who are dependent on visas for trailing spouses, all hinges on being able to deal with families of gay people in the same way that you deal with families of straight people."

"Otherwise, they can't move around. People are unhappy. And we can't attract a whole set of very talented people."

Blankfein was also asked for his reaction on a quote from the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), which in a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court blamed "a corporate environment dictated by wealthy pro-homosexual activists for the growing corporate support of same-sex marriage."

"I'm pro-diversity. ... I'm trying to achieve neutrality. I think that's a statement that has bias associated with it. I'm not biased. I'm trying to have a neutral workplace environment that's as inviting as it can be for all people," Blankfein answered.

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