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Boycott Launched Against Amway for President's $500,000 Donation to 'National Organization for Marriage'

Fred Karger's organization Rights Equal Rights has launched a boycott of Amway for its President Doug DeVos' sizable donations to the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

Writes the group: Amway

On August 3, 2012 Rights Equal Rights launched a global boycott of Amway / Alticor and all its divisions and family owned businesses because of its President and company owner Doug DeVos’ $500,000 contribution to the National Organization (NOM) for Marriage. This contribution recently came to light from the federal IRS 990 tax filing of the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation.

NOM is boycotting Starbucks and General Mills for simply supporting marriage equality in their home states, and is busily defending its staunch ally Chick-fil-A. We at Rights Equal Rights feel that it is important to support our friends and equally important to keep pressure on the mega- donors to NOM and other likeminded organizations and individuals who so vigorously oppose Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) equality.

A global boycott of Amway will let others know that there are consequences for giving massive amounts of money to take away the rights of a minority. We will be closely watching the donors who contribute to the anti-gay sides of the four upcoming November 6 th marriage elections in Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington State.

A laundry list of Amway's products and brands (here) is targeted in the boycott.

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  1. Geez! Does Amway still exist? They kind-of faded-away after a surge in the 70s-80s and I thought they were gone. No need for me to boycott; I wouldn't buy their stuff anyway.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Aug 3, 2012 2:12:02 PM

  2. This is an outrage. This will have a chilling effect on our first amendment rights.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Aug 3, 2012 2:18:18 PM

  3. Alex that what I thought also.
    Lets see if the NOM bunch runs out and buys up there junk products.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Aug 3, 2012 2:18:57 PM

  4. I had never heard of this company so I checked out the petition and I don't buy any of their products anyway. I signed the petition in support !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Aug 3, 2012 2:24:04 PM

  5. Is that pyramid scheme of a company really still around?

    Posted by: Olive Yurdic | Aug 3, 2012 2:26:06 PM

  6. Yeah, this one's easy. Never heard of any of their products. Is this a mid-west thing? I see a lot of Michigan in that list. Of course Chit-fil-a is easy too, never eaten there so apparently I'll never know what I'm missing.

    Posted by: Craig | Aug 3, 2012 2:26:45 PM

  7. @Beef and Fur: I guess it's OK when anti-LGBT groups exercise their 1st amendement rights but not for LGBT groups to do so?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 3, 2012 2:34:55 PM

  8. So what? We're supposed to support businesses we don't agree with? When's the last time your church donated to the porn industry

    The huge mental disconnect Xtians experience is incredible.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Aug 3, 2012 2:37:16 PM

  9. Anway and Nutrilite are still around, subsidiaries of Alticor.

    Posted by: Gus | Aug 3, 2012 2:41:25 PM

  10. Amway is a Pyramid Scheme under the guise of "multi-level marketing" - the president has likely has billions of dollars. $500,000 to him is a tuesday lunch. I dont know why anyone buys Amway - their products are way overpriced.

    Posted by: Drew Boo | Aug 3, 2012 2:44:23 PM

  11. @MIKE: Their religion is not based on reality. It's not a concept. They really do believe there is a magical man somewhere floating around watching us. It doesn't surprise me that their arguments are so face-palmingly ridiculous because I think all of it is.

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 3, 2012 2:44:48 PM

  12. Wow...the 15 LGBT households across the country who use their products aren't going to anymore. I'm sure they are really quaking in their boots LOL. BTW this company's "christian" and Republican affiliation was well known over 20 years ago. The person who tried to sell it in my neighborhood was an obnoxious church lady. It's probably mostly sold by people through connections they form in a church congregations. Might be why some of you haven't heard of it. Another silly, hysterical boycott that will serve no purpose other than to negatively foreground the gay community before an election.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 3, 2012 2:46:16 PM

  13. I thought AMWAY went out of business years ago - everyone knows thwey are a Pyramid scheme

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Aug 3, 2012 2:46:30 PM

  14. @DIOGENE

    Apparently you don't get cable at the rock you've been living under...or sarcasm

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Aug 3, 2012 2:47:03 PM

  15. uhm; who besides dominionist name it claim it xtianistas do amway anyway?

    Its a financial psudo religious cult

    Posted by: say what | Aug 3, 2012 2:52:05 PM

  16. @ Beef and Fur,

    Why are boycotts an outrage? African-Americans boycotted the Montgomery bus system after Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955, and no one ever accused them of suppressing the First Amendment rights of the people who ran the Montgomery public transit system. Boycotts are an expression of First Amendment rights, not a threat to the First Amendment.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 3, 2012 3:00:45 PM

  17. @ Beef and Fur,

    By the way, what is your take on the Christian-led boycotts of J.C. Penny and Starbucks? You think those are legitimate expressions of free speech, and you don't have a problem with the Christian-led boycotts of pro-gay businesses? Please explain your thoughts for the rest of us.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 3, 2012 3:07:23 PM

  18. Excellent! Amway is a scam anyway. Signing my support!

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Aug 3, 2012 3:13:40 PM

  19. I'm getting pretty tired of reading how some of you self-hating queens are up in arms that the community and our allies are actually standing up and speaking out against anti-gay bigotry. If you want change, we have to make it happen, now more than ever. If you don't like the current direction of this path towards change, then why don't those complaining do something about it themselves. But don't whine about others doing the dirty work that you're clearly not willing to do.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 3, 2012 3:13:43 PM

  20. I never purchase Amway products because several groups who monitor such things consider them to be a cult.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 3, 2012 3:36:05 PM

  21. Francis, there's a little expression you should know: "choosing your battles carefully". Crazy Christianist pyramid scheme owner funds antigay at 11 LOL. Big surprise there. I don't have a problem with a boycott but it's not a politically opportune time to announce yet another one...given what a debacle the CFA situation has turned into. I hardly ever eat fast food but I'd decided years ago not to eat there...they might not have publicized their donations then, but they didn't make a secret of why they closed on Sunday. And where there's smoke, there's fire. Now Faux News can spend another week energizing the Republican base by covering the likely "Amway Rallies" to follow...which as I'm trying to pound into people's little skulls around here, are only going to help Romney in the election.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 3, 2012 3:37:12 PM

  22. Fagwa ON!

    Posted by: KT | Aug 3, 2012 3:38:44 PM

  23. Wow! Amway is still around AND so is Fred Karger. Who knew?

    Posted by: 24play | Aug 3, 2012 3:39:23 PM

  24. Amway sucks as a company, but it's his right to donate to whomever he wants.

    Posted by: Tex | Aug 3, 2012 4:19:14 PM

  25. We should ABSOLUTELY boycott companies that work to target us. Some gays TRULY are desensitized to being told to go in the back of the bus. They'll march right back there before even being told to. The rest of us have way too much self respect. We will continue to speak up and speak out against any and all who aim to target us. The days of "nice little shy gay" are over. Our community found it's back bone and we're not begging for respect anymore. We're DEMANDING equality. Don't like it? move out of the way, and do your own approach. You have that right. But don't for oen second think this gay community, who is entirely fed up with overwhelming homophobia will easily put up with it. Hell no!

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Aug 3, 2012 4:32:16 PM

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