The doughnut franchise Tim Hortons has agreed to co-sponsor an anti-gay marriage rally in Providence, Rhode Island sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage. The National Organization for Marriage is fiercely anti-LGBT, and has organized campaigns to take away the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples in numerous states throughout the country. Is this the type of politics that Tim Hortons wants to support?
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Tim Hortons has chosen to sponsor a rally in Rhode Island, sponsored by the U.S.-based "National Organization for Marriage," a vehemently anti-LGBT organization that has led numerous campaigns to take away the civil rights of gays and lesbians throughout the United States. The National Organization for Marriage has called gay and lesbian people a threat to marriage, and routinely says that gays and lesbians are a threat to children. Is this the type of politics that Tim Horton's openly supports?
I politely ask you to re-evaluate your sponsorship of the National Organization for Marriage, and affirm your support for the civil rights of LGBT people. Your Web site also currently says that Tim Hortons does not sponsor individuals, or "those representing religious groups." The National Organization for Marriage event that Tim Hortons is supporting will feature various religious components (including a worship music concert), and numerous religious organizations that oppose LGBT rights will be attending the event.
Please reconsider your support of an organization that consistently tries to take away the civil rights of gays and lesbians. Sponsoring this type of event not only serves to alienate many of your customers, but sends the message that Tim Horton's and their franchises have decided to take a stand against equal rights.
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