Editor's note: The below article contain portions of a press release.
More than 18,000 people have joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling on Best Buy to speak out against a 2012 ballot measure that would amend the Minnesota constitution to ban same-sex marriage, according to a statement from change.org.
Andrew Korando, a recent University of Minnesota Law School graduate, started the campaign on Change.org following Target Corporation’s recent statement in opposition to the Minnesota marriage amendment.
"Opposing this amendment is not simply the right thing to do, but as a local institution, it is also in Best Buy’s best interest if it wants to recruit and retain the industry’s top talent," said Andrew Korando, who launched the campaign on Change.org.
Last month, anti-gay groups attacked Target's new "Wear it with Pride" T-shirt campaign that will donate the proceeds of all sales to groups opposing the marriage amendment. In response, Target Corp. issued a statement, in part saying: "Target does not believe that a constitutional fight over the issue is good for Minnesota or the state’s ability to attract jobs and grow the economy."
Korando continued: "I moved to Minnesota from another state, earned a law degree, and planned on making this state my home because I love how well the state takes care of all Minnesotans. If corporations allow this discriminatory policy to pass, they’ll lose people like me."
For every new signature on Andrew’s petition, an email is sent to Best Buy’s executive leadership and members of their employee LGBT group (PRIDE).