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Thousands Urge Best Buy to Oppose Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

After Target's recent statement in opposition to the amendment, a recent University of Minnesota Law School grad started a Change.org campaign to get Best Buy to do the same.

More than 15,000 people have joined a campaign on Change.org asking that Best Buy speak out against the that will be on the ballot this November. The amendment would change the Minnesota Constitution to state marriage is only between one man and one woman.

According to a press release, Andrew Korando, a recent University of Minnesota Law School graduate, started the campaign following Target Corporation's recent statement in opposition to the amendment.

“Opposing this amendment is not simply the right thing to do, but as a local institution, it is also in Best Buy’s best interest if it wants to recruit and retain the industry’s top talent,” Korando said in the release. “I moved to Minnesota from another state, earned a law degree, and planned on making this state my home because I love how well the state takes care of all Minnesotans. If corporations allow this discriminatory policy to pass, they’ll lose people like me.”

For every new signature on Korando’s petition, an e-mail is sent to Best Buy’s executive leadership and members of their employee LGBT group (PRIDE).

Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl June 10, 2012 at 08:16 PM
"Homosexuals have the same rights to marry as anyone else. One man can marry one woman." Being asked to divorce one's spouse and marry someone else to be treated fairly is not anywhere close to being given "the same rights." I would not expect the writer to do such a preposterous thing in order to receive fair treatment. (continued)
Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl June 10, 2012 at 08:17 PM
"To legitimize a clinical disorder, and deem it to be commendable is both ignorant and destructive to our society." Homosexuality is not a clinical disorder. The writer seems to only have pre-1974 information.
Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl June 10, 2012 at 08:19 PM
"People engaging in homosexual behavior should not be allowed to adopt children, and deviant sexual behaviors should not be taught in public schools." While the writer is certainly entitled to any opinion, these are not at all supported by any body of research or foothold is reality. Children do very well with same-sex parents and the bigotry and homophobia the writer favors are actually a huge problem in schools right now.
David Haines June 22, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Best Buy (and any company that has employees in Minnesota) has every right to speak out if they feel this amendment will effect their ability to recruit talent. In that case it is a purely economical issue. They could feel it puts them at a competitive disadvantage, and I agree with that. They could also want equality for their current employees, which I agree with as well. So as you can see, there are two VERY real reasons why Minnesota companies can and should take a stand on this amendment.
Gregory Stanton August 03, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Jody, while not well known, if you have done any research into the 1970's decision to take homosexuality out of the DSM then you'd know that it was done on an almost completely exclusive vote and irrespective of the majority of research done on the subject at the time. There were many psychologists/psychiatrists who disagreed with the decision and whom accused the vote was mostly a political move beginning because of the riot that occured in an APA convention in 1970 by gay activists (Zapping the Shrinks-an article about the event on the rainbowhistory.org site).

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