New Balance Sports Company Distances Itself From Romney Due To His Anti-LGBT Stance

After the chairman of New Balance made a private donation to a PAC affiliated with Mitt Romney, called on the sports company to denounce its support for his “divisive, anti-gay politics.” In response, New Balance released a statement distancing itself from the candidate. Pointing to Romney’s signature on the National Organization for Marriage’s pledge against marriage equality, New Balance CEO Rob DeMartini declared that “Mr. Romney’s position is not reflective of [the company’s] position and support of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered community.” “New Balance embraces the differences in all people,” he said, “we work tirelessly to create and sustain an environment where everyone — our associates, consumers, customers and guests — are treated with dignity and respect.” (HT: @aterkel).