Discussion of company performance was overshadowed at General Mills' annual meeting by shareholder questions about the marriage amendment. General Mills is publicly opposing the Constitutional amendment that would ban same sex marriage. CEO Ken Powell called it a business issue and said the amendment is not good for employees or the state.
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The Golden Valley-based company came out Thursday to voice its opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota. "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 said in a statement. The Pioneer Press notes General Mills and Little Canada-based St. Jude Medical are the only two major corporations in Minnesota to publicly oppose the marriage amendment.
Marriage amendment supporters to rally at General Mills headquarters
Earlier this month, the Golden Valley-based company publicly opposed the constitutional amendment that would ban same sex marriage in Minnesota. WCCO reports people in favor of the measure -- that will be on the ballot in November -- plan to protest outside the General Mills headquarters Tuesday through Friday.
Local Thomson Reuters executives oppose marriage amendment
The top Minnesota-based executives with Thomson Reuters have come out against the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. The company joins two other prominent Minnesota companies, General Mills and St. Jude Medical, in opposing the amendment.
Lutherans voice opposition to marriage amendment
The Star Tribune reports the majority of Lutheran representatives attending an annual assembly of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA voted against the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. This is the first major Lutheran body to go on the record against the amendment. The St. Paul Area Synod will hold its annual assembly in May.
Capella University opposes marriage amendment
Minneapolis-based Capella University, an online learning center, announced Friday that it officially opposes the proposed constitutional amendment that would effectively ban gay marriage in Minnesota. Capella officials say theirs is the first major higher education institution to stand against the amendment.
Minn. Orchestra against proposed marriage amendment
Musicians with the Minnesota Orchestra are the latest group to oppose the constitutional marriage amendment, WCCO reports. It seeks to define marriage solely between one man and one woman in Minnesota. Voters will decide during the general election this fall.
Clergy meet to plan campaign against marriage amendment
The leaders of dozens of churches and synagogues gathered in Minneapolis to compare notes on how to talk about the marriage amendment with their congregations. Minnesotans will vote this fall on whether to amend the Constitution to prohibit same sex marriage. The clergy who met Thursday are working to defeat the amendment. A similarly-sized group met in Eden Prairie last month to work on helping to pass it.
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