The anti-gay American Family Association (AFA) has launched a formal boycott of Home Depot because the retail chain sponsored pride festivals and offers domestic partner benefits to its employees.
A note on their website urges its members to stop shopping at the brand’s nearly 2200 stores nationwide. The AFA blasts Home Depot for permitting its employees to march in gay pride parades as representatives of the company. They also that the company has aligned itself with gay activist groups who target children with a pro-homosexual message. In the most severe criticism leveled by the group, they say that Home Depot is "deliberately exposing small children to lascivious displays of sexual conduct by homosexuals and cross-dressers, which are a common occurrence at these events."
A Home Depot spokesman was approached by AFA representatives in early July, demanding that it end all sponsorships of gay-pride events reportedly told AFA it was an "inclusion issue" with the company and that it had no intention of forbidding their employees to be involved in the pride festivals "in any way."
Last summer, the AFA-affiliated One Million Moms group complained about the company’s $5,000 sponsorship donation to the Nashville Gay Pride Festival. Home Depot also signed on as a vendor for the event, conducting kid’s craft workshops for children.