Something weird’s going on at Amazon HQ. Despite having a charitable donation policy that prohibits giving money to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, the company is continuing to give money to antigay groups … including at least one that doesn’t even exist anymore.
Currently, Amazon has a long list of organizations that shoppers can designate as their preferred recipient for charitable donations. Their explicitly-stated policy is that they will only include organizations that do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation (among other qualities). That’s a nice idea, in theory.
But check out the notorious names on Amazon’s list: The National Organization for Marriage; The Boy Scouts; even ex-gay torture group Exodus International, which isn’t operational anymore.
And it gets worse: in a call with GLAAD, Amazon refused to remove the Scouts from the list, claiming that they’ll only remove a group if it’s on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups.
But then the SPLC chimed in to point out that the Scouts should be removed from Amazon’s list, since they are a discriminatory organization.
GLAAD will be in Seattle on Wednesday to deliver a petition to Amazon, asking the company to comply with its own policies. From there, the next move is Amazon’s.