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General Mills Against Marriage Amendment

Golden Valley based General Mills takes a stand against the proposed marriage amendment.

General Mills publicly opposed the state amendment to ban gay marriage. At an event and on the company blog, an executive explained why the Golden Valley based company is against the proposed amendment, which will be on the ballot this November.

"We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy — and as a Minnesota-based company we oppose it," Ken Charles, vice president of global diversity and inclusion for General Mills, wrote in a public blog post on the company's website. "We value diversity. We value inclusion. We always have and we always will."

Charles went on to say, “I am proud to see our company join the ranks of local and national employers speaking out for inclusion. We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy – and as a Minnesota-based company we oppose it.”

General Mills is not the first company to oppose the amendment. Carlson Companies, the hospitality giant, and St. Jude Medical have also taken a stand against the proposed amendment. Several cities, including the .

In May, Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris said, “This amendment ultimately takes away the rights of a select group of people and we have an obligation to protect the rights of all citizens in this city.”

It’s rare and sometime risky for cities and companies to take a political stance on such hot-button issues, Heather LaMarre, a professor in the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism told the Star Tribune. What do you think? Should companies pick sides on topics like the marriage amendment? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments section below.

St. Michael Mom of Three June 16, 2012 at 01:29 AM
A strange and inappropriate topic for such a large corporation to publicize. I sincerely hope they polled each and every one of their employees for their opinion on the topic. Unfortunately it is futile to disagree by boycotting, but I wish I could.
Dan June 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Doesn't matter what the employees think or approve of for that matter St. Michael Mom of Three. That harbors discrimination and most large corporations really don't care what your sexual orientation is as long as you do your job and you do it to the best of your ability. What you do in the bedroom is of nobody's concern. How would you like it if because you (according to your name) had 3 children and your company said you had too many, therefore you can't work. You'd be the first up in arms over it and scream your right is being violated. Same in this situation. Keep your nose out of your neighbor's business and maybe, just MAYBE, we can work towards peace for EVERYONE.
Mark Nichols July 16, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I agree "Mom of three" I assume you are trying to raise your three in a normal (if antiquated) way of decency, maybe even Christian. You might also have a hard time explaining to your 4 year old why he can't have "Count Chockula"(sp) because the company that makes it is not a very good role model for society. As you say you hope they obtained everyone's opinion, could friends of yours wonder why you are opposed to the amendment because after all you work for a company that does. I agree a boycott of GMills is futile, but there must be something that can be done before it is too late.

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