Stop carrying anti-gay pasta
  • Petitioned Lindsay Hawley

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Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
Lindsay Hawley
Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
Arlene Putterman

Stop carrying anti-gay pasta

    1. Linda Ferraro
    2. Petition by

      Linda Ferraro

      Shelton, CT

As an Italian-American mom, some of my favorite memories are of sitting around the dinner table with my husband and our three sons on Sunday after Church. Lots of tomato sauce, lots of laughs and lots of Barilla. In fact, there are several boxes of Barilla sitting in my cabinet right now. That is about to change. 

My grandparents moved to Brooklyn, NY from Italy and taught me that family is more important than anything. I remembered that tradition when my son Rich was a teenager and cried at our dinner table as he told me he was gay.

This morning Rich called me and told me Guido Barilla, the head of Barilla pasta, said terrible things about gay people. Barilla said, “I would never do an advert with a homosexual family…if the gays don’t like it they can go an eat another brand. For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the fundamental values of the company.” I have a newsflash for Guido Barilla: I am proud of my gay son and we are a traditional family.

Even though my sons are adults now, no one messes with any of my boys. I shop at Stop & Shop, and now that I dumped Barilla, I think they should, too. Please join me and urge Stop & Shop to take Barilla off their shelves.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kenneth Barnes OAKLAND, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Just as Guido suggested, I'm buying some other company's pasta and will continue to do so.

    • KAY latchman NEW YORK, NY
      • 3 months ago

      Gay rights are human rights. If one of us are discriminated against that leaves room for anyone to be harassed. Were all equal

    • Maytal Abramson PALOS VERDES, CA
      • 5 months ago

      Everyone should be respected and accepted no matter what their sexual orientation is or whether they are a stay home mom or dad.

    • Robert Biddleman WEST AHRTFORD, CT
      • 6 months ago

      All families deserve respect

    • Coleen O'Hanley EAST WEYMOUTH, MA
      • 6 months ago

      I loved Barilla, and was so vindicated seeing it in the shops all over I feel like I have kitchen cabinets full of ignorance. I've bought my last box of Barilla until they learn that families and love come in a great many varieties--kind of like pasta.


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