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Retailer Room & Board says it opposes constitutional ban on gay marriage

Minneapolis-based furniture retailer Room & Board on Wednesday announced it has joined the Minnesotans United for All Families coalition in opposing Minnesota’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

“Room & Board is dedicated to helping customers create homes they love. We recognize that the joy found in one’s home extends far beyond our surroundings to the people with whom we spend our lives. To that end, we have long supported efforts dedicated to strengthening home and family,” the company said, in a statement.

“We oppose the amendment to the Minnesota Constitution banning marriage for same-sex couples,” the statement read:

“Each and every day we celebrate diversity. We take pride in providing a progressive, balanced and positive work environment that is based on trust, fairness and respect. This core philosophy shapes the relationships we have with our customers, vendor partners and employees.

“Our holistic wellness approach supports the well-being of our employees and their loved ones. We have offered domestic partnership benefits for nearly 20 years. Please join us in recognizing the strength of inclusion by voting ‘No’ this November.”

Other prominent Minnesota-based companies, including General Mills and St. Jude Medical, have publicly opposed the proposed amendment, which goes to the state’s voters in November.

Room & Board is a Minneapolis-based, privately held company with stores in Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Costa Mesa and Washington, D.C.

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