Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Indiana's debate about same-sex marriage was once all about morals. Now it's about business.

Two local chambers of commerce and employers led by Cummins Inc., the world's largest maker of big diesel engines, and Eli Lilly & Co., the biggest U.S. maker of insulin products, gave $100,000 each to a campaign against putting a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay unions on the November ballot. Their message: A ban would tell talented workers to stay out of Indiana.

"If we have a climate in our state that makes people feel unwelcome in any way, we think that's bad for Cummins, and we think that's bad for business," Marya Rose, chief administrative officer, said in an interview at the company's Indianapolis offices.

Debate on the matter this week in Indiana's legislature comes a decade after 11 states approved constitutional bans on gay marriage. Now, businesses and executives are taking more active roles in undoing them. Nike Inc. and its executives put up $280,000 in Oregon to repeal that state's measure in November. General Mills Inc. opposed a ban in Minnesota in 2012.

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