In the Crosshairs: Corporate Advocacy of LGBT Lifestyle

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Written by Chris Woodward

The head of a prominent pro-family group is reacting to a report that more than 500 American businesses have earned a top score on pro-LGBT surveys.

The surveys are part of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “Corporate Equality Index.” HRC considers it to be the “national benchmarking tool” on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, “gay,” bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.

In its latest report, the pro-LGBT lobbying group says 517 major businesses – “spanning nearly every industry and geography” – earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” HRC claims that’s the largest increase in top-rated businesses in the history of the survey. In addition, the Foundation says it saw the largest jump ever in businesses offering transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage.

“The homosexual lobby has been very effective in affecting corporations across America,” says Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association. “They have homosexual groups, gay and lesbian groups, within their companies who are employees that are always leaning on the corporate executives and board of directors to do things that prove that they’re LGBT-friendly.”

The AFA president laments that there’s hardly any internal pushback from the other side.

“The Christian groups inside companies plan their picnics, but the LGBT groups inside these companies push policy changes,” he says. “So it’s a very difficult situation for a lot of these corporations to be in – they don’t want to be there necessarily, but I’m sad to say often they yield to the demands of the gay and lesbian groups.”

What does this mean for the Mississippi-based pro-family group?

“We at American Family Association grade these companies, if you will, on how active they are pushing the homosexual lifestyle when they don’t have to,” answers Wildmon. “What they do within their own corporations with their own employees as far as insurance and things of that nature – that’s really their business.”

Continuing his explanation, Wildmon says AFA is more concerned about those companies’ advertisements and participation in or promotion of community events such as “gay pride” parades.

“Those kinds of things they don’t have to do,” he argues. “And that’s really getting into advocacy for a lifestyle instead of just remaining neutral.”

And AFA remains “definitely involved in the battle,” he adds.

“That’s the reason we are boycotting Target,” Wildmon explains, “because Target announced last April they thought it was a great idea to allow men into women’s restrooms and changing areas with little girls.”

But Wildmon concedes that advocates of family values – groups like AFA – can’t boycott every company that caves to the demands of LGBT activists. “You have to be very selective in order to make your point,” he states, “and Target just invited this with their anti-family policy.”

More than 1.4 million people have signed AFA’s Boycott Target petition since it was launched earlier this year.

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