While you and I were contemplating the things that we have to be thankful for, the American Family Association was busy spreading more anti-gay lies. In an action alert that the AFA sent to its email list they claim that the militant homosexual lobby has thrown down the hot pink gauntlet to "traditional marriage" supporters and said "put up or shut up."
If Wal-Mart sales go down, gays will claim victory in support of same-sex "marriage" benefits
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest homosexual organization, has issued a challenge to pro-traditional marriage supporters saying in essence: "Put up or shut up." They have called for a boycott of Wal-Mart while urging their supporters to buy from Target.
The reason? Wal-Mart refuses to offer "domestic benefits" (benefits given to married couples) to homosexual partners.
(emphasis in the original email)
The hullabaloo is over the HRC 2008 Buying for Equality Guide, which rates businesses in terms of their support for LGBT consumers and employees. As part of the release of the guide, HRC criticized Wal-Mart on the carpet for its backpedaling in support of its LGBT employees and consumers.
From USA Today:
Citing Wal-Mart's refusal to offer domestic partner benefits to its gay and lesbian workers, the HRC said Tuesday that the USA's biggest private employer has "more work to do in furthering equality." It advised gays and their supporters to shop elsewhere.
Wal-Mart rated a red 40 on a scale of 100, down from a yellow 65 in 2006. It was among 54 companies that scored 45 or lower in HRC's 2008 Corporate Equality index, which assigns ratings to 519 large companies. Also in the red: Toys R Us, RadioShack (RSH) and AutoZone (AZO).
Wal-Mart rival Target (TGT) rated a "green" 80, meaning that "consumers should make every effort to support these businesses."
Wal-Mart has bucked a corporate trend of expanding benefits for gay employees, says Daryl Herrschaft, director of HRC's workplace project. He says two Fortune 500 companies offered domestic partner benefits, comparable to spouse benefits, in 1990. Today, 269 do.
This latest episode of the religious right screaming that the Gays are destroying all that is red, white and blue is nothing more than a feeble attempt to remain in the media eye and, more importantly, to raise cash from their supporters. Why advocate for the real needs of millions of American families when you can support a multi-billion dollar corporation and fatten your bank account?
Wal-Mart is one of the largest employers in the country and if it wants LGBT dollars then it has to be responsive to the needs and interests of its LGBT employees and consumers. That's the bottom line. If Wal-Mart refuses to improve its record on LGBT issues then we need to hit them on their bottom line.