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By Jack Minor –
The American Family Association has accused Home Depot of violating its own internal policies in order to support a group heavily involved in promoting same sex marriage.
The AFA states that rather than staying neutral in the culture war surrounding homosexuality, Home Depot has taken a stance of openly supporting the “gay” movement since 2005. The organization points to several key events sponsored by the company including a “Kid’s Workshop” at several homosexual parades and festivals.
The support appears to have begun in 2005 when the company placed a full page ad in an Out & Equal conference program guide for homosexuals. While it may be said that companies choose to advertise in a variety of places without endorsing the message, the company apparently decided to actively sponsor homosexual events.
In 2008 Home Depot sponsored the Durham Pride Weekend. The company participated by having a kid’s workshop and parade march. Other events featured included “massage for couples” and “drag shows.”
The organization has also sponsored “gay” pride festivals in other cities including Nashville, Atlanta, San Diego and Portland, Maine. The AFA had sent out a form letter to Home Depot telling them it was “irresponsible” to set up kid’s workshops at these events which would encourage attendance.
The company also allows health benefits to same sex partners of its employees.
The AFA says that Home Depot is now providing matching funds through its Foundation for all contributions made by employees to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
GLAAD states on their website their purpose is to, “amplify the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations to communicate effectively.”
In a performance report, GLAAD claimed credit for homosexual marriage being legalized in Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire. GLAAD also claimed it helped with the passage of federal hate crimes legislation last year. The group has also been active in repealing the pre-Revolutionary ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military.
Stephen Holmes, a manager in the Communications Department with Home Depot, said grants to an organization are only made when an employee designates the group. Holmes went on to say the primary criteria is a group having 501 ( c ) 3 status as a non-profit. He went on to say that the prohibition applies to political groups that do not have the non-profit status. Holmes stated an employee could also designate a local church, synagogue or mosque and the company would match funds provided the religious organization is designated a 501 ( c ) 3.
The AFA says Home Depot’s policy stating they will not match funds for “political groups” or “groups that have a primary focus of changing laws” should apply regardless of GLAAD’s non-profit status. AFA points out that GLAAD is very much involved in changing same sex marriage laws, and as such, should qualify as a prohibited group.