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.
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.