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11/21/06-Tyler

East Texas Couple Against Wal-Mart's Donation To Homosexual Group

You might have seen it in your paper this morning a national petition circulating to boycott Wal-Mart during the two biggest shopping days of the year. They're pointing to two things, they say, show Wal-Mart supports homosexual groups. A $60,000 donation to one group; and the mega-store's new membership in the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.  Today, we visited with East Texans about the issue.

"I was shocked because Wal-Mart had been such a family oriented store," says Richard Orozco, against Wal-Mart's support of homosexuals.

Richard and his wife Diane of Smith County were upset to learn Wal-Mart has donated money to a the homosexual group, Out and Equal.

"As a Christian it goes against everything that I believe," says Richard.

"We won't shop there unless they change.  We feel that they should be neutral and that this is not a good business decision because they are offending the greater percentage of their customers," says Diane Orozco, against Wal-Mart's support of homosexuals.

The Orozco's along with more than 400,000 other people have signed an online petition, from an organization called American Family Association, saying they will not shop at Wal-Mart this Friday and Saturday.

26 year old Chad Myers, Vice-President of UT Tyler's Gay Lesbian Bi-sexual Trans gender Outreach, says he will be shopping at Wal-Mart.

"I'm ecstatic to see that Wal-Mart is jumping on board with many of the other fortune 500 companies.  We have money as well and our money spends just as well as anybody else," says Chad.

Some East Texan we spoke with have different views on Wal-Mart supporting homosexuals.

"I can't believe that," says Cassandra Johnson, against Wal-Mart's support of homosexuals.

"I don't see anything wrong with it.  I don't see any reason to protest or boycott a place for donating to any group especially homosexuals," says Justin Ruelle, in favor of Wal-Mart's support of homosexuals.

"I think it's strange that Wal-Mart would pick that group and give that large sum of money when there are others that need money. The poor, the needy, what about that group?" says Bryn Ralph, against Wal-Mart's support of homosexuals.

So for now, we will have to wait and see if the retail giant Wal-Mart sees any slump in sells during the biggest shopping day of the year.  

David Tovar, the director of media relations for Wal-Mart says, "We support a number of organization that help us better connect with the customers we serve and help us attract and retain the associates we need to run our stores in all communities where we operate."

Tovar says Wal-Mart gives to thousands of organizations every year, totaling 250 million dollars.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com

 

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