General Mills opposes proposed Minnesota gay marriage ban

Fri. June 15, 2012 8:39 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Minneapolis, MN - General Mills has come out against a proposed gay marriage ban in Minnesota.

Voters in November will decide whether to place the state's law which bans gay nuptials in the Minnesota Constitution.

Located in Minneapolis, General Mills is one of the world's largest food corporations and a Fortune 500 company. Its stable of brands include favorites such as Betty Crocker, Haagen-Dazs, Old El Paso, Nature Valley, Pillsbury and Yoplait.

In an e-mailed statement provided to On Top Magazine, Tom Forsythe, vice president of corporate communications, said the amendment would hurt Minnesota's economy.

"For decades, General Mills has worked to create an inclusive culture for our employees. We believe it is important for Minnesota to be viewed as inclusive and welcoming as well. We oppose the proposed constitutional amendment because we do not believe it is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy," he said.

Ken Powell, chairman and CEO of General Mills, spoke out against the amendment at a reception on Wednesday night, a company spokesperson said.

Minnesotans United for All Families, the group spearheading the effort to defeat passage of the amendment in November, cheered the news and
launched a petition
thanking General Mills for "supporting all Minnesota families."

Article provided in partnership with On Top Magazine