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Tim Hortons backs away from anti-Gay Marriage event

Tim Hortons, the Canadian based coffee and doughnut house, is distancing itself from an upcoming Rhode Island event designed to “take a stand” against same-sex marriage.

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Brochures for this Sunday’s “Celebrate Marriage and Family Day“ in Warwick, R.I., listed the popular coffee-and-donut chain as one of its sponsors. The weekend celebration is being put on by the National Organization for Marriage, which lobbies against same-sex marriage.

But a statement posted today on Tim Hortons’ website says the celebration — which includes an opportunity for married couples to renew their vows — falls outside its sponsorship guidelines, and that the company would not be lending its support.

According to the statement, Tim Hortons welcomes “all families and communities” to its restaurants and apologizes for any “misunderstanding or inconvenience” caused by the deal, saying that it’s “not its corporate policy to sponsor events of religious groups, political affiliates or lobby groups.”

Tim Hortons has more than 2,800 stores across Canada, and over 400 locations in the United States, mostly in Michigan, Maine, Connecticut, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

More on this story from the Providence Daily Dose.

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