After months of pressure from an anti-gay-marriage group, McDonald’s Corp. has given up a director’s seat and will stop sponsorship of a national gay business organization.
Richard Ellis, who until last month was vice president of communications of McDonald’s USA, has resigned from the board of directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, franchisees were told in a Sept. 23 memo.
McDonald’s USA, which had made a $20,000 donation to the chamber and became a 2008 chamber sponsor, said it would not sponsor the organization in 2009.
Ellis, the company said, “made a personal decision to step down” from the board after he got a new position with McDonald’s Canadian operations. “It is our policy to not be involved in political and social issues. McDonald’s remains neutral on same-sex marriage or any ‘homosexual agenda’ as defined by the American Family Association,” the memo said.
In May, the group called for a boycott of McDonald’s over the fast-food chain’s association with the gay business organization. The American Family Association, based in Mississippi, runs American Family Radio.
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