Home Depot’s Support for Gay Marriage Sparks Boycott
Home Depot Chairman Frank Blake told shareholders earlier this month that his company would continue to support gay marriage activists and activities. Since that time several high profile events supporting gay pride have seen corporate sanctioned Home Depot participants appear in parades and other public activities.
Last weekend, Home Depot sponsored the Southern Maine Pride event in Portland. During the opening ceremony, emcee Khris Francis thanked the company for their support of gay men. On June 11, over one dozen employees wearing Home Depot gear marched in the Boston Pride parade.
The home improvement company has drawn sharp criticism from groups who are opposed to gay marriage. The American Family Association (AFA) has organized a boycott of Home Depot to fight what it calls, “the company’s assault on the sanctity of marriage as only between one man and one woman.”
Earlier this month the AFA delivered 474,161 petition signatures to Home Depot chairman Frank Blake at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Atlanta.
Home Depot public relations representatives were contacted for an official response to the organizations boycott efforts and responded via email saying, “The Home Depot is committed to respecting and recognizing the diversity of all people and fostering an inclusive environment for all.”
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