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Cummins Power Generation Comes Out Against MN Marriage Amendment

"The Marriage Amendment runs counter to what ... what Cummins values," statement says.

Minnesotans United for All Families released a statement Sunday from Fridley-based Cummins Power Generation opposing the marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that voters will decide Tuesday. 

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  • Could Legislature Repeal MN Ban on Same-Sex Marriage?
  • Minnesota Voters Kill Marriage Amendment at the Polls

Here is the text of the Cummins statement (or see PDF): 

Minnesota Marriage Amendment 

October 18, 2012  

At Cummins, diversity is a core company value. Diversity means our individual differences never have to be checked at the door. The leadership at Cummins has long argued that diversity creates a stronger and more competitive work environment, and ultimately helps us attract and retain top talent.  

We have a history of standing up for what is right, even in the face of adversity. Our leaders championed the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, we stood up against Apartheid in the 1980’s and in 2000, due in large part to feedback from our Minnesota employees, Cummins began offering domestic partner benefits, despite opposition. Simply put, Cummins strives to ensure all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. 

However, here in the state where we work and live, a battle to stifle diversity continues to be waged. SF 1308, which is commonly reffered to as the Marriage Amendment, is on the ballot in the form of a referendum this November. This amendment to the Minnesota Constitution would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman only. Current polling in Minnesota indicates that the vote on the Marriage Amendment will be very close, and could go either way. 

Cummins strongly believes this amendment is bad for Minnesota, and Cummins is playing a key role among Minnesota businesses to defeat this amendment. The Marriage Amendment will negatively impact business in Minnesota by sending a message of intolerance and lack of respect for people of diverse backgrounds. Cummins understands that embracing the diverse perspectives of all people with different backgrounds makes our company stronger and more competitive.  

Minnesota has traditionally been a good place for Cummins to do business. We expect our impact on Minnesota’s economy will grow as we add high-paying jobs to the job market in the future. However, the marriage amendment will create a less welcoming environment making it more difficult for companies like ours to attract and retain the top talent we need. Cummins wants to grow in Minnesota. Cummins wants an environment that respects all people. Cummins wants people to come to Cummins and to Minnesota because of our values and because of our welcoming communities. The Marriage Amendment runs counter to what people deserve and what Cummins values.   

For these important reasons, Cummins is firmly opposed to the  Marriage Amendment.  

Sincerely,  

Tony Satterthwaite,  

Vice President, Cummins Inc.  

President, Cummins Power Generation, a division of Cummins Inc., based in Minnesota employing nearly 2,000 people in the state. 

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Pat Pierce November 04, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Good for them! I'm proud that they are standing up for what they believe! We need more businesses that believe as Cummins does!
US Patriot November 04, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Well - I too work for Cummins Inc, Corporate in Columbus Indiana and beg to differ with Tony Satterthwaite. Many Cummins employee's believe in the value of families, and of traditional family values. As such, we do not subscribe to gay marriage and do not like that Tony attempts to speak for all employees. We do not tow the party line like the sheep of the UAW. We have moral and religious ethics and personal convictions. "Diversity" is code for liberal decay of traditional American values.
US Patriot November 04, 2012 at 11:32 PM
No. We don't need corporations, Hollywood, or the music industry weighing into the political landscape. We need local communities to step up and enforce right and wrong. We don't need more protected classes of citizens or animals. Get your moral compass fixed.
Michael O November 05, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I congratulate Mr Satterthwaite on his position. Patriot says diversity is a code for liberal decay, but what's liberal about the diversity that already exists??? There is diversity in the world of nature, and people come in all shapes, color, sizes and that is nothing new under the sun. It is too bad in a way that it has to be political, so if you can come up with a better word or at least respect those that are different, then we could get rid of the word and just live peacefully together. We wouldn't need protected classes if everybody was treated decently. So, if you do treat people well, my hat's off to you.
US Patriot November 05, 2012 at 01:01 PM
That is psycho-babble. The diversity of one's thoughts and opinions has nothing to do with the creation of a special protected class of citizen who chooses a life style which is in opposition to the natural order of creation. Would you discriminate again the next class of people who want the same protection afforded herein - e.g., multiple spouses, group relations, bestiality, incest, necrophilia, ect.. Michael O where is your level of tolerance? Where is your line drawn? Is it drawn today, tomorrow, or the week after when society ask you for more diversity?
Rebecca Grant November 05, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I congratulate Cummins Inc. for their position. This issue is only a big issue to fundamental conservative Christians who believe moral issues should be legislated. You cannot legislate moral codes, because each person varies in what they consider to be "right" or "wrong." The Bible is a series of books written by men over 2000 years ago which chronicles some people's experiences and beliefs. It has never been considered a history book or a law book by ANY scholars, including religious scholars. It should NOT be considered as a basis for creating laws in a secular and free society. In a free society, laws are written expressly to PROTECT people from abuse or harm, not to tell people what to believe or how they should live. And the idea that this country was founded on "Christian principles" is a myth, created by conservative neo-cons. Anyone who has read biographies and letters and documents and quotes from the founding fathers (I have), knows this is simply NOT true. But most fundamental Christians only get their information from other fundamental Christians....they don't do their research....they live strictly by a "belief system only." There is nothing wrong with that, by the way. They choose to be ignorant. I know this because I was raised by fundamental Christian parents and relatives. They live within their own little community of church family and point fingers and judge others, every day, toward those who have chosen to live outside of such a box. Judge not!
US Patriot November 05, 2012 at 05:27 PM
"You know because of the parenting of your parents" (?) - Well this kind of subject matter ignorance does not warrant a response.
Rebecca Grant November 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I know this due to my experience with many members of my family, and their friends who are fundamental Christian, and........reading your rhetoric, tells me that you are quite a bit like them. It is due to my own experiences and observations. Although I was raised in Fridley and the Twin Cities through my 20's, and had wonderful and loving parents who truly loved me, I have lived in many states besides Minnesota, and have been living in Texas, for the past 20 years....and not in a more cosmopolitan area like Dallas or Austin, either. I live in a smaller bedroom community outside of a major city....truly Bible belt, Republican conservative area. This IS how they think. Even the more educated religious people think legislating moral issues is okay, and don't see how similar their beliefs are to other very fundamental religious doctrines, whom they are judgmental towards. I am not ignorant, sir. I read books on many different topics, I travel often, and I spend my time gaining knowledge rather than watching TV shows or Sports. It is not ME who is ignorant. The more you know, the more you travel around the world, the more you experience, the more tolerant and embracing you become of other people's lifestyles, choices, and desires.
US Patriot November 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Ms Grant - With all due respect, your personal "feelings" on the matter are inconsequential to the subject, as is the relevance of your travel itineraries. You made some errors in your own judgmental assumptions to which I will not respond. Let's stick to the facts of the natural order of procreation - and your desire to normalize the abhorrent behaviors of others under the guise of "diversity"
Rebecca Grant November 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Okay, fine. I admit I am assuming you are forming your opinion based on a religious belief? If that's not true, then I apologize. So, where did you get the idea that the desires of same sex couples to want to get married is abhorrent or is against the "natural order" of procreation? Where did this idea or thought originate from? And where did you get the idea that marriage should be exclusive to a man and a woman? Says who? What is your reasoning based on, if not a religious belief?
US Patriot November 06, 2012 at 04:32 PM
My belief stems from the personal rejection of cultural hegemony as reflected in the activist politics of the socially liberal. This is after years of examining the theoretical traditions of cultural policy positions and academic studies in international relations and global security.
Ron Burgess November 08, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I do not believe a company executive of an international corporation should release a statement on a potential state law on the behalf of employees. Corporate America speaks to politics through the billions of PAC $'s
CF November 08, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I just saw a bumper sticker depicting a Native American and the text...America, Love it or Give it Back.
MN Voter November 08, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Well, as a MN Voter and an employee of Cummins I find your position insulting, especially. Religious "ethics" are NOT to be political - hence separation of church and state. It is my belief we should keep religious views in our worship spaces and allow all people to live and work together peacefully. I suggest you reach out to Tony or other senior leaders and engage in a conversation with him regarding diversity and core values of our company.
Tolerant November 08, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Interesteing that Tony signs his name (for the company, not the employees) and you HIDE behind a tag of "US Patriot". My guess is that you are in the minoity on this and are scared to have your devisive views tied to you. If you are going to have an opinion, sign your name or shut up. I have no opinion regarding this because it does not affect me.
Tolerant November 08, 2012 at 10:45 PM
What about gun owners as a protected class?........ ................. That's what I thought.
US Patriot November 08, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Cummins also supports a number of employee created "Affinity" groups that allow "special" classes of like-minded people to meet and in engage in self-prescribed activities. Sounds nice in theory - however, most employees cringe when they receive the Gay-Lesbian-Transgender activities announcements via corporate email as if it were a "normative ethic". There are other affinity groups including religious groups, ethnic groups, racial groups, sexual groups, etc... the only thing being discriminated against is common decency and respect for community standards.
US Patriot November 08, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Dear MN voter - Thank you for the satisfaction of insulting you. Given that Tony brought his personal views to print via the media - that is where Tony will receive his rebuttal response. Just as senior executives choose to impose their values on all others via their corporate policies designed so as to appease the Gay-Lesbian-Transgender-BiSexual community, I will impose mine right back with one difference - they can exercise their right of reprisal. Depending on your perspective - we don't have the luxury or burden of union handlers to fend off such attacks on our personal beliefs.
Patricia December 31, 2012 at 08:55 AM
If Cummins would like to keep their customers as diverse as their beliefs, I suggest they keep their opinions to themselves. They do NOT speak for everyone.
Patricia December 31, 2012 at 09:18 AM
Aren't the left trying to legislate with their beliefs? I don't care who my co-workers are in bed with, but I would not respect my employer making a statement of what the company stood for. Just whose belief system is it? The owner? The president? Who makes that decision? Divorce was brought up in a post. Oh sure, the couple may be happier for it, but what about the outcome of the children and how it affects them? I would like to know the same about the children of gay parents? At my place of work which has quite a diversity of employees, the college-age that have been adopted and are struggling with never having known their biological parents, is unbelievably high. They are struggling with dependencies and their hearts and souls because of this, and I fear the same to become of the children of gay marriages. Once again, I think it's another issue where we are selfishly thinking of ourselves, and not how it may affect our society further down the line.
Patricia December 31, 2012 at 09:33 AM
Rebecca, you appear to be no more tolerant than you accuse Christians of being. You also say "most fundamental Christians only get their information from other fundamental Christians", but I would venture to guess that most atheists and agnostics get most of their information from.....atheists and agnostics. One day we will all find out just who was right on this topic, once and for all. As for me...I'd rather live my life like there was a Jesus and one day find out I was wrong, than to live my life like there was no Jesus, and one day find out there was.
Patricia December 31, 2012 at 09:47 AM
How true, US Patriot. The left speak of the right and Christians as choosing to be ignorant. Nothing is more ignorant than what just went on with the elections. To see the mess Bush made and condemn it to the point that they did, and then to have an even bigger mess made by Obama and yet the left stood by him to the point of re-electing him, is absurd. Oh, but NOW, the left are starting to come out of the woodwork with their rants about how awful it is that starting next year, they won't be able to deduct their mortgage or daycare on their taxes, and how terrible it is that milk will be costing us $6-8 dollars a gallon. And how their medical will end up costing them MORE now instead of less, like Obama promised. THAT, my friend is ignorance. Yep, it's gonna cost me more for everything, just like it's gonna cost more for everyone else, the difference is, I'm laughing!!!

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