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On Wednesday December 21st, 2011 the following two emails were sent out from the Clark County WA Chamber of Commerce email account.

From: Clark County Chamber of Commerce
Date: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:25 PM
Subject: Member Update
To: (Name removed at recipients request)

Dear (Name removed at recipients request)

In order to help maintain the integrity of our website, we ask that all members refrain from posting any listings that reference or involve the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. We feel that that these businesses and listings have no place in Clark County.
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From: Clark County Chamber of Commerce
Date: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Subject: Member Update
To: (Name removed at recipients request)

Dear (Name removed at recipients request)
In order to ensure the integrity of our website, we ask that all members refrain from listing any businesses that reference or involve the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. We feel the website would be better if such immoral businesses stayed out.
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They then sent the following email:

From: Clark County Chamber of Commerce
Date: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM
Subject: Member Update - correction
To: (Name removed at recipients request)
Dear (Name removed at recipients request)

Our apologies, please disregard the earlier email and it was send to general membership in error.

Happy holidays,

Clark County Chamber of Commerce
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Whether sent out by mistake to the general email list or to a specific account the content of this email is discriminatory and hateful in it's content. As someone who believes that all people should be treated with respect I believe the Chamber, at the very least, owes an apology to the GLBTQ community, it's membership and the general public. An email to all effected as well as a public retraction and apology is the very least that should be expected.

Letter to
Clark County WA Chamber of Commerce
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Clark County WA Chamber of Commerce.

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Retract and apologize for anti GLBTQ email sent by Chamber

On Wednesday December 21st, 2011 the following two emails were sent out from the Clark County WA Chamber of Commerce email account.

From: Clark County Chamber of Commerce
Date: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:25 PM
Subject: Member Update
To: (Name removed at recipients request)

Dear (Name removed at recipients request)

In order to help maintain the integrity of our website, we ask that all members refrain from posting any listings that reference or involve the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. We feel that that these businesses and listings have no place in Clark County.
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From: Clark County Chamber of Commerce
Date: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Subject: Member Update
To: (Name removed at recipients request)

Dear (Name removed at recipients request)
In order to ensure the integrity of our website, we ask that all members refrain from listing any businesses that reference or involve the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. We feel the website would be better if such immoral businesses stayed out.
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They then sent the following email:

From: Clark County Chamber of Commerce
Date: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM
Subject: Member Update - correction
To: (Name removed at recipients request)
Dear (Name removed at recipients request)

Our apologies, please disregard the earlier email and it was send to general membership in error.

Happy holidays,

Clark County Chamber of Commerce
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Whether sent out by mistake to the general email list or to a specific account the content of this email is discriminatory and hateful in it's content. As someone who believes that all people should be treated with respect I believe the Chamber, at the very least, owes an apology to the GLBTQ community, it's membership and the general public. An email to all effected as well as a public retraction and apology is the very least that should be expected.
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Sincerely,