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10/24/2011

Report: Major MN businesses reluctant to take principled stand #MNUnited

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2011-10-24 At 11.11.15 Am-1Looks like most Minnesota corporations are planning on staying out of the 2012 ballot fight over an anti-gay constitutional amendment. The Associated Press contacted thirteen different state-based Fortune 500 companies, specifically reaching out to businesses that currently offer domestic partner memberships. Of those thirteen, only St. Jude Medical put public opposition on record.

However, even that company is only getting in the game via voice, not dollars. Here's a snippet and the full AP report:

Even St. Jude Medical, Ellingson said, would not donate money as a company to defeat the amendment.

Of the other 12 companies, representatives for eight told the AP their companies would not take a public position. Those companies are Target, General Mills, Best Buy, Supervalu, Land O'Lakes, Medtronic, Xcel Energy and Ecolab. The other four companies — 3M, Ameriprise Financial, UnitedHealth Group and U.S. Bancorp — did not respond to several inquiries.

FULL: Minn. companies stay on gay marriage sideline [AP via Washington Examiner]

I'd hope some of these companies would change their minds. Because equality and anti-equality are not equally-merited, "agree to disagree" positions. The latter is rightly controversial, while the former is benign and peaceful. Any company that fully values its customer base should oppose civil discrimination. Period.

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