Corporate giant 3M has decided to follow the footsteps of retail giant Target in giving heaps and heaps of money to support anti-gay politicians.
3M gave a whopping $100,000 to a group in Minnesota known as MN Forward, a political action committee working to elect a Republican State Representative, Tom Emmer, as governor of Minnesota. Emmer is a lightning rod of controversy for positions he has taken demonizing LGBT people, immigrants, those concerned about the environment, and restaurant workers, to name a few.
Emmer's anti-gay comments are particularly egregious. As a politician, Emmer has tried to bar gays and lesbians from raising children, has criticized efforts to deal with anti-gay bullying in high schools (despite the fact that Minnesota is home to a school district that has seen three LGBT students commit suicide this past year), wanted to de-fund HIV/AIDS groups in Minnesota, and has tried to ban same-sex marriage. Perhaps most appalling, Emmer has given money to a religious ministry known as You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, which has called for violence against gays and lesbians and labels all LGBT people pedophiles.
Talk about a 3M Fail. Send a message to the company letting them know that supporting anti-gay candidates like Tom Emmer is not only bad for business, but it's offensive to the millions of LGBT consumers that purchase and use 3M products.
- CEO & President
- Media Relations
Donna Fleming Runyon
As we move closer to the November 2010 election, it's become known that 3M, your company, has given $100,000 to an organization known as MN Forward, a group in Minnesota working to elect Tom Emmer as governor.
This is deeply troubling. Tom Emmer has a deeply anti-gay record, and has consistently tried to take away the rights of gays and lesbians as a politician. He has supported legislation banning gays and lesbians from being parents. He has voted to de-fund work to fight HIV/AIDS. He opposes bullying programs in high schools that address sexual orientation. And he wants to ban same-sex couples from having their relationships legally recognized.
More than that, Emmer has financially supported a religious ministry that has called for violence against gays and lesbians.
Given this record, why would 3M choose to support this candidate for governor? This is a disservice to your gay and lesbian employees, and your gay and lesbian consumers. It's a deeply hurtful donation.
Please address this donation. 3M owes it to its equality-minded consumers to explain why the company is funding someone so vehemently anti-gay.
Thank you for your time.
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