Earlier in June, General Mills announced that they are opposed to the Minnesota marriage amendment that will be on the ballot this November. From the General Mills website:
[Ken Powell, General Mills CEO] voiced our company’s opposition to the proposed marriage amendment, an initiative that makes our state less inclusive and reduces our company’s ability to attract and retain talent.
While, General Mills doesn’t normally take positions on ballot measures, this is a business issue that impacts our employees.
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.
We value diversity. We value inclusion. We always have … and we always will.
And my reaction was like:
Meme reference here.
Today I learned that Minnesotans for Marriage (ha! – see how they confuzzled you with their name? They’re the anti-gay marriage group) has organized a three-day protest outside of the Golden Valley, MN headquarters of General Mills. MFM (OMG – I just noticed that Minnesotans for Marriage abbreviation is MFM…allow me to guffaw for just a second – Bwahahahaha! Okay, we’re back) Minnesotans for Marriage claim that HUNDREDS of supporters showed up for the protest today, but NPR is reporting “about 50″. I don’t know who’s right since I wasn’t there, but I thought it was an interesting difference in the numbers reporting. MFM (teehee!) is calling the protest “Dump General Mills”, and one of the things that protesters did was to bring all of their non-perishable General Mills food from home to donate it to local food shelves.
So by supporting gay marriage, General Mills was also inadvertently responsible for an influx of donations to local food shelves? Sweeeeeet. And here’s General Mills response to the MFM (teehee!) protest as reported by NPR:
General Mills spokesman Tom Forsythe declined to answer questions but released a written statement saying the company acknowledges the strongly held views on all sides of the amendment debate.
“We respect and defend the right of others to disagree,” Forsythe said in the statement. “But General Mills has worked to create an inclusive culture for our employees for decades. As a Minnesota-based company, we believe it is important for Minnesota to be viewed as inclusive and welcoming as well.”
Excuse me, I have to go buy some Chex Mix.