BOYCOTT THREAT: Woolworths forced to disown marriage comments from a guy who left the company a decade ago

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Woolworths has pushed aside comments by former managing director Roger Corbett supporting a No vote in the same sex marriage ballot.

The supermarket chain had been targeted on social media, with threats of a boycott.

“Mr Corbett is a former employee and his views do not represent Woolworths,” the company Tweeted.

The company then reissued a statement in support of marriage equality.

“We’re proud to embrace diversity and want to be a community where all our people are free to be themselves without fear or prejudice or discrimination,” the company says.

Corbett, on ABC TV’s 7.30 program last night, explained his opposition to same-sex marriage.

While he “respects homosexuals”, he says marriage should be between a man and woman, and if gays want to marry then “let’s find an appropriate name for other relationships”.

Corbett was CEO of Woolworths from 1999 to September 2006. He is currently a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and Fairfax Media.

And the Woolworths statement:

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