Microsoft: Stop raising money for anti-gay hate groups
  • Petitioned Nathan Warner

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Microsoft GLEAM Board President
Nathan Warner

Microsoft: Stop raising money for anti-gay hate groups

    1. Stuart Wilber
    2. Petition by

      Stuart Wilber

      Seattle, WA

July 2011


In a matter of hours, Microsoft decided on Thursday to remove its online store from the “Christian Values Network” after more than 500 people signed Stuart Wilber’s petition asking the software company to stop allowing the funding of anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family and “hate groups” identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center, including the Family Research Council.

“Microsoft's swift reaction to my petition demonstrates their strong support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities,” said Wilber, a Microsoft customer and resident of Seattle. “Microsoft has a long tradition of being supportive of our community. I assumed they would be just as upset as I was that their brand was being used by anti-gay hate groups to raise money. I’m glad I was right.”

Microsoft is a leader in the corporate world for their internal and external policies to both protect their LGBT employees, and to advocate for better laws to protect all LGBT people under the law. Recently, Microsoft publicly endorsed the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), a law that would allow gays and lesbians to sponsor their loved ones for American citizenship, just like married heterosexual couples. During Washington's Referendum 71 campaign, Microsoft contributed $100,000 to help protect the right of lesbian and gay families to a domestic partnership.

Hopefully, the more than 600 companies who are still being used by the Christian Values Network to raise money for known hate groups will follow Microsoft's lead and quickly insist their store is removed from the Christian Values Network.  

Did you know that dozens of major brands, including Target, Macy’s, Delta, Netflix, Apple, Microsoft, Dell, and even Sesame Street are supporting known hate groups through the link referral service know as the Christian Values Network (CVN)?

According to CVN, there are more than 170,000 charities that benefit from the CVN’s service by receiving donations through purchases made through the site. For example, someone could buy airline tickets from Delta, and the airline would make a donation to the charity of the customer’s choice through CVN.

Unfortunately, there are several organizations included on CVN’s service that support discrimination. In addition to Focus on the Family's anti-gay agenda, the Southern Poverty Law Center has declared organizations like the Family Research Council and Summit Ministries as known “hate groups,” for their blatant and repeated homophobic lies about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. These organizations receive donations through CVN when customers buy products through CVN stores. Corporations that are typically strong on LGBT rights like Microsoft, Apple, Macy’s and others, are allowing their brands to be used to raise money for organizations whose major focus of work is hurting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

This has to stop. Call on Microsoft to insist CVN stop using their brand to raise money for hate.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Ask Microsoft to stop supporting hate-groups on Facebook

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Stop by Microsoft's Facebook page to ask them to stop using Christian Values Network to support anti-gay hate groups

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 3 years ago

      Please, don't hurt us. Stop donating money to those types of cause, there are children out there, dying of hunger, people with illness help them! If you wanna use that money for something good. Stop the hate, we don't do any harm to nobody.

    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      CVN: "Christian" "Values" Network -- that's a COMPLETE mis-nomer!!! Don't let yerself be FOOLED by a nice-sounding mere NAME!

      Bumpersticker: "Hate is NOT a Family Value!"

    • Dennis Soper EUGENE, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      Looks like I've got yet another reason to use Linux.

    • Alejandro Strahan ORLANDO, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Such groups, by no means, represent true religion. True religion encompasses love for one's neighbor and one's God. All CVN groups are based on pure hatred for the LGBT community. I truly hope that groups like Microsoft will stop funding such hatred.

    • Cyndi Kramer HARBOR SPRINGS, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      I shop. A lot. And it won't be with any business supporting this hate oriented organization.


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