World’s largest retailer goes gay
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October 2006 – A retailer known for its “Main Street” values has apparently decided to take a walk on the wilder side of the neighborhood.

Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world, has joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC, www.nglcc.org). The organization promotes homosexual marriage and other aspects of the gay agenda.

Although Wal-Mart has never excluded homosexuals from being employees, customers or suppliers, the company wanted to be more closely identified with promoting the homosexual agenda. Wal-Mart is now a corporate member of the NGLCC, and a Wal-Mart vice president will serve as an advisor to the group.

“For Wal-Mart to pursue a relationship with a gay advocacy group like this is to do nothing less than place the retailer’s stamp of approval on the gay agenda,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Sam Walton must be rolling over in his grave.”

Wal-Mart agreed to give $25,000 to the NGLCC and to pay for two conferences scheduled by the group. As a result of its relationship with the homosexual organization, Wal-Mart will give homosexual-owned businesses special consideration when making purchases from suppliers.

“Practically speaking, that has to mean that companies not owned by homosexuals will be moved down the preferred supplier list,” Wildmon said. “That’s how these deals work.”

The NGLCC called Wal-Mart’s action “part of the company’s ongoing commitment to advancing diversity among all of its associate, supplier and customer bases.”

“In this case,” Wildmon said, “it means special treatment for homosexual companies.”

Wildmon recommended that customers let the company know they don’t appreciate its support of homosexuality. The number for the retailer’s corporate offices is 479-273-4000.

“We always ask that people be respectful when they complain,” he said. “But Wal-Mart needs to get an earful on this one.”