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Best Buy: Speak out against the Minnesota marriage amendment
  • Petitioned Mike Mikan

This petition was delivered to:

Interim CEO, Best Buy Co., Inc.
Mike Mikan
SVP, Communications & Public Affairs, Best Buy
Matthew Furman
Senior Director of Public Relations, Best Buy
Susan Busch
Member, Best Buy PRIDE Employee Business Network
Kendra Curry
Member, Best Buy PRIDE Employee Business Network
Aaron Pyles
Member, Best Buy PRIDE Employee Business Network
Scott Friesen
Senior Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, Best Buy
Corey Smith

Best Buy: Speak out against the Minnesota marriage amendment

    1. Andrew  Korando
    2. Petition by

      Andrew Korando

      Minneapolis, MN

My name is Andrew Korando. I am a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. Currently, I am studying for the Minnesota bar exam and I plan to work and live in the State of Minnesota. Recently, Minnesota businessman Bill George, a former CEO of Medtronic and former Target board member, called on corporations based in the state to oppose an amendment to the state constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage.

Opposing this amendment is not only the morally right thing to do, but it is also in Best Buy’s best interest. As Mr. George pointed out it is “important . . . to recruit and retain talented people. Doing so requires a culture that accepts people as they are—not in spite of differences, but because of them.” As someone who moved here from out-of-state, I cannot agree more. Intelligent, savvy employees, even those not directly affected, would rather work in, and would be more attracted to, states that are “open and welcoming” to all.

Target Co., another Minnesota corporation, recently came out in opposition to this amendment stating that: “Target does not believe that a constitutional fight over the issue is good for Minnesota or the state’s ability to attract jobs and grow the economy.”

In light of what recently happened in North Carolina, it is especially important that local businesses oppose this amendment. In North Carolina the business community failed to speak out against Amendment One with disastrous results.

I shop at Best Buy and I take pride in it as a local institution. Best Buy should do as much as it can to support everyone in the community. The time has come for them to join Bill George and take a stand on this issue.

Please join me in telling Best Buy that they should oppose this amendment. It is bad law, bad policy, and bad for business.

Photo credit: Vincent J. Brown

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. General Mills

      Andrew  Korando
      Petition Organizer

      Minnesota based "Fortune 500 giant General Mills took an historic stance today in support of all Minnesota families by formally opposing the constitutional amendment" that would ban marriage equality in Minnesota.

      Best Buy needs to do the same and join Target, General Mills and many other Minnesota businesses in opposing this amendment.

    3. Reached 17,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Preston Michaelis PLANO, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      I currently work at Best Buy and have for 8 years. I truly think they are a great company and take care of their employees, but this would be a huge step for this company. Please Best Buy take this step and show all your employees that you stand behind them and what should be their rights and humans and Americans.

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    • Axel Penaloza CHICO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Best Buy...why are you waiting to announce?...Oh your stock price might be affected..

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    • KATHLEEN KILMER PENFIELD, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Why oppose people trying for love and stability? What, you want gays to be uncommitted?

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    • Gabriel Ramirez SAN JUAN, PR
      • almost 2 years ago

      Spending thousands every year at Best-Buy, as a married gay man (together for 9 years), as a teen multiple suicide attempt survivor, after attending 3 x-gay ministries & after thousands of dollars of reparative therapy, I feel passionately about how young LGBT people encounter bullying & violence in their home countries, work places & families. I believe anti-LGBT policies are discriminatory & cause great harm in the hearts of young people & send the wrong message that bullying & rejecting LGBT people is OK, robbing them of dignity, respect & as an equal.

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    • Christian McLaughlin LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm gay and I like a good buy! So step up and speak out, please!

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