General Mills just took a giant step in its ongoing support of gay marriage in its home state of Minnesota. Its most iconic brand, Betty Crocker, will donate wedding cakes to three of the first gay couples getting married there.
The same-sex couples visited the Betty Crocker Kitchens at General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley, Minn., according to a report on the GLAAD website
. The ceremonies will take place at midnight on Aug. 1.
Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke, the first couple who will be married, were joined by Reid Bordson and Paul Nolle, the second. Both will be married on Thursday by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. The third couple was Al Giraud and Jeff Isaacson, who will be the first couple married in St. Paul. The three couples tasted three Betty Crocker cakes, designed specifically to their tastes, in order to select one for their ceremony.
Response on the brand’s Facebook page
has been overwhelmingly positive. General Mills has a history of supporting marriage equality, including its vocal opposition of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, which sought to ban it altogether.
Not everyone is pleased with the move, however. The National Organization for Marriage posted this blog entry
Tuesday titled, “Why Exactly is Betty Crocker Weighing in on Marriage Anyway?” It’s calling for a boycott of the brand.