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McDonald’s gives up support of Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce over ‘homosexual agenda’ boycott

”It is our policy to not be involved in political and social issues. McDonald’s remains neutral on same-sex marriage or any ‘homosexual agenda’ as defined by the American Family Association.”

Portion of an alleged memo from McDonald‘s headquarters sent out to franchisees regarding the end of the company’s support for the NGLCC, a promotional organization for gay business owners. After making a donation of $20,000 and assuming a position on the organization’s board, the American Family Association declared a boycott of the restaurant chain, complaining that their actions promoted same-sex marriage. The boardmember, Richard Ellis, has apparently resigned his seat and McDonald’s has allegedly stated that it will not sponser NGLCC in 2009. However, there is no evidence reported that suggest that the religiously-driven AFA’s boycott had any identifiable effect or not. (Chicago Sun Times)

”Like all our corporate relationships, McDonald’s USA has been a good partner with the Chamber. There has been no discussion between the NGLCC and McDonalds regarding continuing membership, nor has the NGLCC been notified of any move not to renew our work together. The NGLCC will continue to align with corporate America in support of equal opportunity for all of America’s workers and small businesses.”

From a statement on the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s website regarding the controversial support and withdrawal of McDonald’s, apparently in part due to pressure from a Christian conservative activists at the American Family Association. (NLGCC)

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