Reminder: Majority of Minnesota Companies Staying Neutral on Marriage


CEOs that come out in favor of redefining marriage are sure to receive a great deal of media attention, but what often goes unnoticed is how the majority of corporations --including large corporations-- are focusing on their business, and are not interested in taking sides on a hot button social issue. The Pioneer Press quotes some of them:

Ameriprise Financial: "We have not taken a public position on this matter, as it is a state issue that does not directly pertain to our business."

CHS: "CHS does not take positions on issues that do not directly affect its business operations. As always, we encourage our employees to exercise their rights as citizens to vote on public offices and issues on the ballot in their home communities."

3M: Has taken no stand on the marriage amendment. "We focus on business issues," said 3M spokeswoman Jacqueline Berry.

U.S. Bancorp: "This issue does not relate to our core business of banking. We as an organization are neutral and do not weigh in on social policy issues. Our employees, of course, are entitled to take their own actions and have their own views, and we support those rights."

Xcel Energy: "We typically do not take positions on ballot questions that do not concern energy policy and we have no plans to fund either side of this initiative. Our benefits package was expanded in 1995 to cover domestic partners and it will not be affected by the outcome of this election."

Other Minnesota companies, such as United HealthGroup, Hormel Foods, Land O'Lakes, Mosaic, Nash Finch, C.H. Robinson, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, simply refused comment.


  1. Randy E King
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Having been in corporate America for some time now I can attest to the fact that the one thing all these companies that came out in support of have in common is an executive level activist that has implemented "Homosexual" sensitivity committees in each of their respective companies.

    I'm reminded of an experience a senior level engineer once shared with me:

    "A homosexual friend of mine told me in the early seventies that they were in the process of imbedding activists at high levels of the judiciary and corporate America in order to force their agenda on the nation..."

    They will keep telling you that they are not doing what they are doing because they know that is what you want to hear.

  2. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Great...other companies should take note.

  3. LEO
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Good to here...

  4. Michael Ejercito
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    If only the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association took note.

  5. Zack
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Good. All companies should stay out of the political areana.

  6. Zack
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    typo: arena*

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