Amway, the beauty and cleaning products company (among other items), has come under fire Chick-Fil-A style after it was discovered that company president and founder Doug DeVos donated $500,000 to an organizing bent on battling gay marriage rights at every turn.
Also under fire are various Amway affiliates including the NBA franchise the Orlando Magic.
DeVos donated the funds to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a group that is extremely anti-LGBT focused.
Rights Equal Rights, an organization fighting against anti-gay groups called NOM “one of the most virulently anti-LGBT organizations in the country.”
The group then announced:
“A global boycott of Amway will let others know that there are consequences for giving massive amounts of money to take away the rights of a minority.”
In responding to the donation, Amway officials said the $500,000 gift did not align with the company’s beliefs. In a statement released to ABC News Amway said:
“As private citizens, the DeVos family supports causes and organizations that advocate for policies aligned to their personal beliefs,”
The organization then added that the DeVos family believes “one of the highest callings of any individual is to express their own personal beliefs as a participant in the democratic process.”
Unlike Chick-Fil-A, the Amway donation made on behalf of the DeVos family was not revealed by the company in order to take a stance for a belief system within the company culture. Chick-Fil-A came under fire after many critics wondered why the company as a corporation felt the need to release a very personal statement.