Shareholders in the makers of Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry’s Chocolate Orange have voted to continue to sponsor the Gay Games.

Shareholders in the American company Kraft Foods who own a variety of brands in Britain and the USA were asked whether the company should drop its sponsorship of this summer’s Gay Games.

The issue was raised following a shareholder resolution calling for Kraft to cease sponsorship of the Gay Games and other gay events. The resolution was proposed by Dr. Marcella Meyer of Chicago, a shareholder in the company who claimed that the Gay Games promoted “homosexual activity” and would increase the transmission of HIV and other sexual diseases. Dr Meyer also claimed that the company could face a lawsuit if anyone contracted HIV at the event.

However, only 1 per cent of the shareholders agreed with Dr Meyer and her supporters in the AFA (American Family Association) who have mounted a year long campaign against Kraft.

In a statement to employees, the vice president of Kraft, Marc Firestone said: “Diversity makes us a much stronger company and connects us with the diversity that exists among the consumers who buy our products.”

Following the rejection of the resolution, Kraft will continue to donate $25,000 to the organisers of the Gay Games.

Shareholders in the makers of Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry’s Chocolate Orange have voted to continue to sponsor the Gay Games.

Shareholders in the American company Kraft Foods who own a variety of brands in Britain and the USA were asked whether the company should drop its sponsorship of this summer’s Gay Games.

The issue was raised following a shareholder resolution calling for Kraft to cease sponsorship of the Gay Games and other gay events. The resolution was proposed by Dr. Marcella Meyer of Chicago, a shareholder in the company who claimed that the Gay Games promoted “homosexual activity” and would increase the transmission of HIV and other sexual diseases. Dr Meyer also claimed that the company could face a lawsuit if anyone contracted HIV at the event.

However, only 1 per cent of the shareholders agreed with Dr Meyer and her supporters in the AFA (American Family Association) who have mounted a year long campaign against Kraft.

In a statement to employees, the vice president of Kraft, Marc Firestone said: “Diversity makes us a much stronger company and connects us with the diversity that exists among the consumers who buy our products.”

Following the rejection of the resolution, Kraft will continue to donate $25,000 to the organisers of the Gay Games.