Press Room

May 24, 2005

Category: Domestic Partners

HRC: American Family Association Backs Off Disney Boycott

'Strengthening schools and making health care more affordable are things that strengthen all families, not pointless boycotts,' said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign today welcomed news that the American Family Association has ended a boycott of the Walt Disney Company that started nine years ago for reasons including Disney's offering domestic partner benefits for employees and hosting "Gay Days" at theme parks welcoming gay and lesbian people to attend the company's theme parks with their children, family and friends.

"Strengthening schools and making health care more affordable are things that strengthen all families, not pointless boycotts," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "Now that this boycott's over, I hope they spend the next nine years working to promote understanding and acceptance for families of all shapes and sizes."

The Walt Disney Company is currently one of more than 8,277 employers nationwide to offer domestic partner benefits for the same-sex partners of employees.

The 2000 Census showed that same-sex couples raising children live in more than 95 percent of the counties in United States.

"The Disney Company simply recognizes the same reality that thousands of other businesses do, that all families need health care and family-friendly activities," said Solmonese.
For more information on company's and their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and consumers, see HRC's Corporate Equality Index.

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