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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:00 AM

Meet John Taft, the Minnesota Republican CEO Leading the Corporate Charge Against the Anti-Gay Marri

Meet John Taft, a man that Pioneer Press reports as a "life-long Republican...the great-grandson of U.S. President William Howard Taft, as well as CEO of a brokerage that administers $227 billion in assets" and who is also leading the corporate charge against Minnesota's anti-gay marriage amendment because he has a daughter and a stepdaughter who are both lesbians.

Pioneer Press reports:

So Taft, chief executive of RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis, is working quietly behind the scenes, hoping to amass the safety in numbers that will allow Minnesota business leaders to say -- in public -- what they're now saying only in private.

"They don't want to be the first ones in the pool. Well, guess what? I jumped in the pool first. The water's just fine," Taft said in an interview at his downtown Minneapolis office.

"My goal is to have several hundred high-profile business executives declare themselves in opposition to the marriage amendment sometime between now and the election," Taft added. "And I am very confident we are going to be able to do that."

General Mills (last week, much to NOM's chagrin) and St. Jude Medical have both come out against the amendment. Taft hopes there are more to come.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2012/06/meet-john-taft-the-minnesota-republican-ceo-leading-the-corporate-charge-against-the-anti-gay-marria.html#ixzz1yFejY8nD

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:07 PM

1. Heard about General Mills...that means I need to eat more Cheerios

KNR

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:18 PM

2. This is nice, but it is sad we have to laud the brave republican whodoes the right thing.*

*almost the right thing since he supports marriage equality because he has a gay daughter and not because it is simply the right thing to do....

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Response to beyurslf (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:31 PM

3. Yes, this is quite true, but at least he's supporting marriage equality. Some would

do nothing or fight it for corporate political posturing.

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Response to beyurslf (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 12:35 AM

4. I'm fine with why he is doing it...

How many Republicans have gay family members who are out and still are against their equality?

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