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General Mills Declares War on Marriage with Its Own Customers

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2012

Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)


"This will go down as one of the dumbest corporate PR stunts of all time."—Brian Brown, NOM president—

National Organization for Marriage

Washington, D.C.—The National Organization for Marriage today blasted the General Mills Corporation for effectively declaring a "war on marriage" with its own customers. Speaking at a Gay Pride event today, CEO Ken Powell said General Mills opposes an effort to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman in Minnesota, where the corporation is headquartered.

"Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is profoundly in the common good, and it is especially important for children," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "General Mills makes billions marketing cereal to parents of young children. It has now effectively declared a war on marriage with its own customers when it tells the country that it is opposed to preserving traditional marriage, which is what the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment does."

A national survey conducted by the Alliance Defense Fund last year showed that 63% of people with children living in their home, 'believe marriage should be defined ONLY as a union between one man and one woman." Just thirty-five percent of people with children at home disagreed with the statement. Overall, the ADF survey found that 62% of adults believe marriage is only the union of a man and a woman.

"This will go down as one of the dumbest corporate PR stunts of all time," said Brian Brown. "It's ludicrous for a big corporation to intentionally inject themselves into a divisive social issue like gay marriage. It's particularly dumb for a corporation that makes billions selling cereal to the very people they just opposed."

According to the US Census Bureau, there are only 111,033 same-sex households in America with children under age 18 who are living in the household. By contrast, there are over 35 million households with children under age 18.

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Anath Hartmann, [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

49 Comments

  1. OvercameSSA
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I can't imagine that the opinion of a CEO or Diversity Manager of a big company has any effect on the public's opinion about so-called SS"M."

    It is not mere coincidence that the reporting of all the Gay Money that apparently exists is followed by companies announcing their support of SS"M." And the homosexuals will, indeed, show up with their cash despite the fact that the companies' statements will have no impact whatsoever on what happens in the voting booth.

    It is a crapshoot for the company, of course, depending on whether the true-marriage people will boycott a company's products as a result of their pro-SS"M" position.

    The homosexuals are pretty gullible when it comes to these company announcements, much as they're gullible when it comes to the poll results that seem to show ever-increasing public support for so-called SS"M." The Prop8TT site is always presenting these nutty poll results in an effort to drum up cash for their site and their staff. That site made it seem as if the North Carolina vote was going to be close, and no doubt the money flowed in based on that big lie.

    If you're a business and you're looking for a group that has cash and are willing to part for it for mere lip service, reaching out to homosexuals on the SS"M" issue is surely enticing. Obama has done well by it so far!

  2. AM
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    111,033 out of 35 million.
    Another example of how public perception has been pushed by the relentless propaganda that there are millions of gay families.

  3. Posted June 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Call General Mills and let them know what you think:

    1-800-248-7310

  4. Diana
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    You're absolutely right, Overcame SSA. Those who believe in what's right will immediately not only let General Mills know exactly what we think but we will also boycott their products. There are plenty of other cereal brands out there.

  5. leo
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I say NOM should start listing companies who support " true marriage", so that boycotters of companies who do not have someone else to go to for their supplies.
    Folks, in the business world, these are call opportunities for new businesss and new markets for other businesses. What the business world need to understand is the true meaning of a free market. One business loss can truly be another business gain.
    Business don't control goverment or the people, at least they should not and we shouild not allow them to. Consumers control these entities and without them there would'nt be any.
    NOM, how do we effectly teach others to stop making those companies feel like they are necessities, the billion dollar question?????

    MY MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE COMPANIES ATTEMPTING TO UNDERMIND THEIR COSTOMERS BY JOINING THE SSM BANDWAGON, STAY NEUTRAL AND STAY OUT OF MARRIAGE POLITICS, OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUNCES....

  6. leo
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    NOM, this is a time for job growth in the private sector, now all we need is to let the private sector now... that new markets are opening up for businesses who vaue their consumers and the sanctity of marrage, and for them to go get them!

    WE DON"T GIVE UP, WE IMPROVISE,WE ADAPT, WE CONQUER, WE WIN!!!

    DO SHARE!

  7. Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    You mean I gotta stop eating Crunch Berries?

  8. leo
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    FD,

    Would you prefer giving your money to a company who insults your values. Better yet, would you support a company who supports killing babys, or taking harmful drugs, or teenage drunk driving? Do you see how this works..?

  9. leo
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    sorry for my spelling in my last post! damn keystrokes...

  10. AW
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Fake Drudge: I have to ask: are you really eating Crunch Berries cereal?

  11. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    "According to the US Census Bureau, there are only 111,033 same-sex households in America with children under age 18 who are living in the household."

    And, sadly, each and every one of these children have been denied a mother or a father.

  12. AW
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    More bad news for Fake Drudge: "Kaboom" cereal is also made by General Mills. So no more sugary smiley faces and little marshmallow stars.

  13. Ash
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    @AM, and about 80% of that 111,033 are products of failed heterosexual relationships.

    The propaganda you speak of is having what Maggie calls the "Zach Wahls Effect," i.e. the belief that, not only are there millions of children being raised by same-sex couples, but they all resulted from the joint decision of a well-established same-sex couple to bring a child into their home via infant adoption, surrogacy, and in-vitro.

    "What we are dealing with here is likely a Murphy Brown effect. Or call it the Zach Walls effect. Our internal images of gay parenting, like our internal images of unwed mothering in the 1990s, are being formed by real or media generated images of what this phenomenon looks like that are not very similar to what is happening 'out there.'"

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/302511/best-or-worst-all-possible-gay-parenting-studies-maggie-gallagher

    But the Zach Wahls Effect has been derailed by representative data published by Mark Regnerus, showing how diverse same-sex households are.

    Similar to how solid data busted the Murphy Brown Effect on the public's perception of single mothers.

  14. AW
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Barb: And worse, these children are being conditioned to 'normalize' sin and likely practice it themselves.
    Leo: Parents can make their own cereal that tastes the same as General Mills' childrens' cereals: just fill a measuring cup with sugar, pour it into a bowl of milk, and you're all set.

  15. Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    You could add some biodegradable packing material for the crunch.........

  16. AD
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Treating all people equally is not a "War on Marriage". Do you know how insane that sounds to those of us living in reality?

  17. Rick
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Just boycott cereal and all the other items made by corporate America who treat gay people as equals. Pretty soon you will not have to buy any product whatsoever! :)

  18. Lori
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I don't understand why all these companies, i.e. Home Depot, General Mills, Target, etc., even feel the need to come down on either side of any political issue. It is their job to sell their wares, not be a political engine for either side. Why can't they just sell their stuff and stay out of politics?

  19. grandmaliberty
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Look closely and you will probably find a homo sexual in a place of high management or on the HR team who is pushing his or her agenda.. In this day of political correctness, bosses are scared to stand on their values....

  20. Posted June 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Ah, yes, Rick.

    Considering the rate at which the global financial system is collapsing (the same sort of financial engineering "genius" at work there, btw, as we see in the social engineering "geniuses" behind SS"M")....

    Looks like we'll just be ahead of the curve again.

  21. bman
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Rick->Just boycott cereal and all the other items made by corporate America who treat gay people as equals. Pretty soon you will not have to buy any product whatsoever.

    We only need to boycott one and let the effect of that persuade others.

  22. AM
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Ash
    I read NRO and somehow I missed that post by Maggie :-)
    Thanks for the link.
    Maggie, as usual, hits it out of the park.

  23. bman
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Rick->...who treat gay people as equals...

    That effectively reduces to this, " ....who treat sexually immoral people as equals..."

  24. Shawn
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    doesn't the bible teach to love everyone?

  25. RobC
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    When will you people stop with the misleading language and outright falsehoods? There is no "war on marriage". "Traditional marriage" doesn't need to be preserved or protected, because it's not going anywhere! Once marriage equality for same-sex couples is established, all us Straighty McStraightersons will be just as entitled to our own marriages as we are right now. The only difference will be that people you don't like will be allowed to do something that will have no effect on you whatsoever (apart from making it harder to reinforce your bigotry, that is).

  26. LEO
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    @ 25, we've heard your story before, when you guys will and girls, your side come up with some new nonsense material to spew than the same old, weak arguments. Rob C. It’s evident you don't visit NOM's blogs much; we Nomers have already debunked your proclamation long time ago. My suggestion to you is to checkout NOM's archives for a proper rebuttal to your Silly Willy notions.

  27. Randy E King
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    @RobC,

    You mean; "except for making it harder for you to keep these miscreants out of your communities" don't you?

    Your quest to create willing victims will backfire.

    The others are already starting to see what is happening here. You folks have obtained seats of power and influence through subterfuge and coercion in order to use what you perceived as public reverence for said positions against them.

    JC Penney’s may have just been a test case for you to see how well your plan was working.

  28. Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    RobC:

    It is unlovely to lie.

    We have seen the direct and implacable persecution of Christians which inevitably follow upon the imposition of Gay Fascist Marriage.

    Now I understand completely that you are lying for your cause, and I pray that God will be merciful to you because you cod not know what you are doing.

    But let us speak plainly: the imposition of same sex marriage, inevitably, will create the legal precedents for the persecution of the Christian religion.

    I am not in the least surpsied that all antichristians will be utterly indifferent to such a circumstance; after all, you are only fighting for your worldview.

    My question is this: what shall we say of the despicable cowardice of the Christian who will not commit to the Faith as fervently as you have committed to the lie of pseudo-marriage?

    It is quite clear to me that only those Christians who are prepared to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor against the pseudo-marriage assault on religious freedom are worthy of the name.

    The rest are dupes.

  29. Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    RobC:

    It is unlovely to lie.

    We have seen the direct and implacable persecution of Christians which inevitably follows upon the imposition of pseudo-marriage.

    Now I understand completely that you are lying for your cause, and I pray that God will be merciful to you because you do not know what you are doing.

    But let us speak plainly: the imposition of same sex marriage, inevitably, will create the legal precedents for the persecution of the Christian religion.

    I am not in the least surprised that all antichristians will be utterly indifferent to such a circumstance; after all, you are only fighting for your worldview.

    My question is this: what shall we say of the despicable cowardice of the Christian who will not commit to the Faith as fervently as you have committed to the lie of pseudo-marriage?

    It is quite clear to me that only those Christians who are prepared to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor against the pseudo-marriage assault on religious freedom are worthy of the name.

    The rest are dupes.

  30. Zack
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Not like I ever eat general mills. Too expensive like Kelloggs and the other name brand foods.

    I've been reduced to eating generic store brand products.

    @AD

    "Treating all people equally is not a "War on Marriage"."

    Maybe not a "war", but definitely an aggressive push to obliterate the moral fabric of society.

    " Do you know how insane that sounds to those of us living in reality?"

    They said the similar things about socialized medicine but we see where that got us right? Sky rocketing premiums and thousands of companies getting waivers by the Obama administration. "Cut the deficiet by 100 billion"...yeah now we find out that Obamacare is costing almost a trillion more than we were first told.

  31. Zack
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    typo: said similar things*

  32. Zack
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    another typo: defict*

  33. MBOHOH
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    I like the "back-cover quotation" idea on the new releases. Someone should totally patent it. NOM should totally promote boycotting GM's food. Let's not live on food alone. I'm sure patent royalties will provide the sustenance that NOM needs. Go marriage!

  34. Rick
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    bman, How are those boycotts working out? How many companies have you destroyed?

  35. Dee
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    The Bible says tho shall not judge. It's not up to us to decide what is right or wrong. We all have our rights and beliefs. God don't want us to judge. We are in a Country that people fought for our freedom. There are heteralsexual and homosexuals that made all this possible. You don't complain for your freedom, so why complain on something that isn't happening to you. Everyone has a right to be happy rather man/woman or same sex. Marriage is for people that love one another, regardless of who. People need to be thankful for all not judge, unless tho wants to be judged. We all do something, drink, smoke, drugs, sex while not married or multiple partners and ect. No one in this world is perfect, you are not a saint..... I believe marriage for all. Equal rights for all...,

  36. Garrett
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    NOM, we may disagree on things when it comes to this issue, but props for not deleting dissenting posts. You do get mad props for that.

    As for why some companies do this? They have gay employees who they can't offer certain benefits too because they aren't married. For example, I'm in California. I cannot get a flex account for me and my partner because - as a non-profit that gets funds through the federal governemtn and other various laws - flex accounts are not extended to domestic partners or civil unioned partners. So, it's a benefit I am denied because I can't get married. Those are the kinds of rights gays and lesbians want. Not a religious marriage but a civil one with all the same benefits straight people get in the eyes of the federal government because of that piece of paper. These companies want to improve morale by ensuring they can take care of their employees equally (which is also less headache for them having separate sets of HR rules, I'm sure).

  37. Zack
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    @Rick

    You are too simple minded. These things take a little time. It took the TEA party 3 years to finally get to where it is, having unseated over 60 incumbents both republican and democrat.

    The economic aspect of this is that a few stores in a handful of communities will suffer and may start to turn some heads up in corporate.

  38. Kristine
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I think when it comes down to it, even with different religions, beliefs, etc. We are all still ONE person. We all have a heart & feelings and shouldnt let one person nor religion hold us back from what we feel. NOBODY else lets us live our lives, we make our choices, pay bills, have children whom each of us raises, work in different fields, go to school for different things, all because we are individuals. So whos to tell us who we should marry? Nobody should. We all have one heart, and if it so happens our soulmates are of same sex or different sex, oh well. Its our life

  39. Vi
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Like a stone cast into the water, it's the ripple effect. They don't reproduce, they recruit! Now they force schools to teach it as normal. They want us to be tolerant of their opinions, but are intolerant of ours.

  40. AW
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Shawn: The Bible teaches us to oppose sin and save souls. The best way to love someone is to save their eternal soul.
    RobC: Even Andrew Sullivan has admitted that the actual goal of "gay marriage" is to gradually redefine marriage until it no longer requires monogamy, arguing that gay men should not be required to be monogamous even within "marriage". Yes, that's a "war on marriage".

  41. Bill
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Kristine for posting the only rational comment I saw in this comment section. Ever time I visit one of these posts, I see the same, tired, irrational propaganda that the homophobic conservatives have been trying to sell forever. Now mind you, I used to be one of the right-wing conservative Christians; I was raised that way. Believed everything I heard from the pulpit about these subjects. But in the last twenty years or so, I have stopped being so closed-minded because I gradually started to realize I had no reason to be. I didn't see anything in the way of numbers, studies, proof or evidence that supported the

  42. leehawks
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Geez Kristine, what a bunch of pathetic liberal drivel. We clearly are not ONE person or we'd all agree all the time. With you guys it's all about fe-e-e-e-elings, no critical thinking, not a drop of logic or common sense. Doesn't matter if the country goes broke paying for the consequences of an amoral lifestyle, doesn't matter if everyone's running wild with no morals whatsoever, just do what feels good and someone else will ultimately pay for it. Just throw out hundreds of years of morality and replace it with your feelings. I think what you're describing is just a shared delusion. Try medication.

  43. Dan
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Well said, AW and leehawks.

  44. Rick
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Zack....you are so right things do take time. I just asked which companies your boycotts destroyed. You change the subject and refer to me as simple minded. My simple mind tells me you don't have an answer. Which companies did you destroy? Please help those of us that are not as bright as you. A simple list is all I ask.

  45. AW
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Rick said: "Zack....you are so right things do take time. I just asked which companies your boycotts destroyed."
    I'm not Zack but I'll respond anyway. The purpose of a boycott is not to "destroy" a company but rather to send a message of disapproval, usually in the hope that the company will change course.

  46. bman
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    Shawn->doesn't the bible teach to love everyone?

    And the alcoholic says, " If you love me, you'll give me all the drink I want."

    The Bible does not teach that kind of "love."

    Rather, it teaches a "tough love" that corrects and guides others away from the self destructive path, not towards it.

  47. AW
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Dee: Actually, the Bible says "If your brother sins go and show him his fault" (Matthew 18:15) and many similar passages about condemning sin rather than being "nonjudgmental".
    Garrett: The benefits you're asking for can be granted through many other means aside from redefining marriage. I think you would find almost universal support for the benefits, so long as you don't redefine marriage.

  48. LEO
    Posted June 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Bman @ 46, I'm not religious but your post was very enlightening and logical; @ 47, you too.

  49. LonesomeRhoades
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    It seems to me that the radical homosexual community needs to take responsibility for all the abuse, other and self-inflicted, that teens suffer. These teens are told to "come out of the closet" and then when they are confronted with the lie of homosexuality when they find that their aberrant lifestyle is unacceptable, no wonder they are so confused. Stop telling them that there is such a thing as homosexual pride. It is non-existant. Just like someone saying, "I'm proud to be an alcoholic".
    These kids need counseling. Period.