The National Organization for Marriage
(NOM) has asked Minnesota companies to remain neutral on a proposed
gay marriage ban.
Voters in November will decide whether
to place the state's law which bans gay nuptials in the Minnesota
NOM, the nation's most vociferous
opponent of equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, has
asked the state's 50 largest companies to not take a side on the
“The corporations all have customers
and employees that come down on both sides,” NOM's Jonathan Baker
“They have customers and employees
that want to support the traditional definition of marriage as a
union of a man and a woman, and customers and employees that would
like to extend the definition of marriage to couples of the game
“What we're asking businesses to do
is to create a work environment that's welcoming to all of the
employees. And they can do that through adopting a neutral stance
over the Minnesota Marriage amendment,” he added.
The move comes as Christian
conservatives mount a boycott
of Target over its decision to sell a line of Gay Pride shirts.
The Minnesota-based retailer sold out of the stock in just weeks,
raising $120,000 for gay rights group the Family Equality Council