HRC actually wants to use same-sex couples’ wedding registries as their corporate credit card.
HRC knows no shame—and this crosses a very big line.
At The New Civil Rights Movement, we support marriage equality as a concept because it’s the right thing to do, and because we believe in supporting our community. We focus on the morality of equality, not the financial benefits that accompany equality because people marry for love, not tax benefits. Positioning marriages as vehicles to make money is shameless. To have HRC, “the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization,” look at marriage equality as a cash cow, an opportunity to add to their coffers, not a civil rights issue but a money-making opportunity really is offensive.
– David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement criticizing the HRC’s new wedding registry donation program. Badash dislikes that “The site isn’t even hosted by HRC, but by their marketing partner, Convio.”
In response HRC’s Press Secretary, Michael Cole-Schwartz wrote, “Many couples request that in lieu of gifts, people celebrating their wedding by donating to a charity and our program is no different than other organizations including Empire State Pride Agenda that is running a similar program. We have had a wedding registry feature available for years and it has been tremendously successful judging by the reaction we get from couples who were thrilled to be able to contribute in this way.”
He also adds that the HRC spent $1 million to employ 30 statewide field organizers and mobilize 150,000+ constituents to contact their Senators; the HRC will need more money for upcoming marriage battles too.