WalMart Gets Heat from Conservatives for Joining Gay Group
Nearly two months after Wal-Mart announced its membership into the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, an anti-gay organization is sounding off, asking its own members to avoid shopping at the retail giant. The American Family Association is reminding its supporters that Wal-Mart recently joined the NGLCC and says Wal-Mart plans to give “two large grants” to the organization.
According to Cybercast News Service, the president of the NGLCC said he expects Wal-Mart to use its influence to pressure suppliers such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Gillette to give preferential treatment to businesses owned by gay and lesbians. The AFA, noting that the NGLCC is a leading promoter of same-sex marriage, is urging conservatives to take action: “Send your email to Wal-Mart expressing you displeasure with their promotion of homosexual marriage,” AFA told its supporters, reports CNS. “Call your local Wal-Mart manager and express your displeasure.”
According to the Agape Press, AFA states it found (via a search function at Walmart.com) more than 1,100 items for sale when the term “gay” was entered, almost 500 in response to the term “lesbian,” and more than a hundred based on the terms “transgender,” “bisexual,” and “gay marriage.” Sharp says the corporate giant’s new link to support of the homosexual agenda is clear. “There’s no question that Wal-Mart is supporting homosexuality,” Randy Sharp, AFA’s director of special projects, told the Agape Press. “They’re supporting the homosexual agenda, whose number-one directive is to bring same-sex marriage to America.”
Despite all the pressure and criticism, Wal-Mart stock was up this week. Accrding to the Associated Press, Wal-Mart pleased investors with its announcement that it “plans to bring costs in line with a slowdown in sales and earnings growth.” Even so, the company reportedly plans to open stores in 600 new locations next year, reports the AP.