“One down and many more to go,” said Mike Rogers of BlogActive.com in response to the successful result of pressure on the fast food chain Subway after it was disclosed that a franchisee gave $2,500 to the Yes on 8 campaign. Yes on 8 was successful in removing marriage equality from California’s state constitution.
Rogers found the contribution on a list of Yes on 8 contributors compiled by the Human Rights Campaign. “When I saw a franchisee of an international company gave $2,500 to opponents of equality, I immediately knew I would require someone at the company’s world HQ to address this.”
On Friday, Rogers made three demands of the company, with a Monday deadline—repudiate the gift, add sexual orientation and gender identity to the corporation’s non-discrimination policy and give an equal gift to the opposing side.
At the time of the post, Rogers did not indicate the company, choosing instead to approach the company discreetly over the matter.
In a conversation with Rogers today, Subway Director of Corporate Communications Michele DiNello responded to the three demands.
“We spoke to the franchisee, I have a letter I am going to email you that we are sending out, not only to him, but it occurred to me after chatting with him that there that there may be others who don’t understand what the policy is, so we will be sending to our franchisees and developers—around the world—the policy regarding political donations,” DiNello told Rogers.
“It has been brought to the attention of [Subway parent company] Doctor’s Associates Inc. that you have made a contribution to a politically oriented organization. It is our understanding that you intended this solely as a personal contribution and that you were not intending to make any representation on the part of the SUBWAY® brand,” The company wrote in response to the gift made by a Merced, California location of the chain. The store is located inside the popular Merced Mall. Photo: Denver Prop 8 protest by Nick Cargo.
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