FRC, NOM Cheer For Refusing To Protect LGBT Employees From Discrimination
June 04, 2012 5:56 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Last week, ExxonMobil shareholders voted overwhelmingly to reject a resolution that would have explicitly prohibited discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – cementing the oil and gas giant’s reputation as one of the worst companies in America for LGBT people.
On Friday, anti-gay hate group Family Research Council (FRC) praised ExxonMobil for its decision to resist the “homosexual agenda”:
It won't change how much we're paying for gas, but it might comfort you to know that at Exxon-Mobil your business isn't fueling the homosexual agenda. For the 13th straight year, shareholders voted to maintain their reputation as the only major oil company to uphold the values of a majority of Americans. At Exxon's annual meeting, the corporation voted down a resolution to add special protections for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its employment opportunity policy. After so many years of resistance, the result may not have come as a surprise--but the measure of victory certainly did. A whopping 80% of shareholders voted against the amendment--the largest margin of defeat in recent memory. One homosexual activist lamented that "the percentage of shareholders voting for the policy had increased steadily over the years to about 40%." But this week's result--in the midst of a national debate over same-sex "marriage"--was a colossal blow to the homosexual community, which is desperate to prove that its agenda is resonating with Americans.
In a corporate environment dictated by wealthy, pro-homosexual activists, we applaud Exxon-Mobil for refusing to cede the moral high ground to the special interests of the Left. While other businesses drift away from their principles or capitulate under pressure, this company is putting its stock in something other than political correctness. And, as Exxon-Mobil representatives point out, any additions to the nondiscrimination policy are unnecessary. They view the company as a "meritocracy," where employees are rewarded on the basis of performance--not sexual preference. [emphasis added]
On Monday, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) reposted FRC’s praise for the company, adding “FRC Report: Exxon-Mobile [sic] Stands With Pro-Marriage Values of its Shareholders.”
Despite their histories of anti-gay hostility, both FRC and NOM stepped into unusual territory by praising a specific company’s decision to reject a non-discrimination measure.
FRC has lobbied aggressively against the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), but its concerns have typically centered around religious liberty and the threat of government intervention into private business. Lauding ExxonMobil for refusing to protect its own LGBT employees, on the other hand, is a pretty chilling demonstration of FRC’s disregard for the well-being of LGBT people.
And while NOM claimed that ExxonMobil's decision upheld “pro-marriage values,” refusing to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination has nothing to do with who should and shouldn’t be allowed to get married.
By aligning themselves with the policies of one of the most anti-LGBT companies in the country, both FRC and NOM revealed just how deep their reserves of animosity towards basic protections for LGBT people really run.