Remember when we told you about the 600 U.S. companies who help raise money for Christian Values Network, the online shopping service that funds anti-gay hate groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council?
Well, the international gay rights organization AllOut.org recently persuaded Westin Hotels, Expedia.com, Radisson and Country Inns & Suites, Plaza Hotels and Hotels.com to cut ties with CVN, joining the ranks of Apple, REI, Macy’s, Delta Airlines, BBC America, Wells Fargo and other companies who have stopped doing business with CVN too.
But plenty of other businesses that you probably patronize every day—KMart, Target, Sears, Best Buy, Radio Shack, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Perry Ellis and Steve Madden, among them—remain in cahoots with the anti-gay e-tail site. What can you do about it? Plenty, it turns out.
Besides boycotting or contacting the companies directly, you can sign All Out’s petition to urge these businesses to stop working with CVN. If they know pink and allied dollars won’t support them , maybe they’ll stop supporting people like:
Focus on the Family, which believes religious counseling can “cure” homosexuality, and the Family Research Council, which has been identified as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Peter Sprigg, a chief researcher for the Family Research Council, has argued for the deportation and imprisonment of gays and lesbians, according to SPLC, and the group recently directed members to pray for the continued criminalization of homosexuality in Malawi.
For a complete list of companies still doing business with CVN, check out the image on the next page.