McDonald's is defending itself for its support of the GLBT community after Christian group American Family Association (AFA) announced a boycott of the company yesterday.

The AFA has launched a new website denouncing McDonald's for its support of the GLBT community. The website, found at, says the boycott of McDonald's is about the company refusing to remain neutral in the culture wars. “McDonald's has chosen not to remain neutral but give the full weight of their corporation to promoting the homosexual agenda, including homosexual marriage.”

The scuffle began when AFA officials found out that McDonald's' Director of Communications Richard Ellis was a board member of the National Gay Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce (NGLCC), in addition McDonald's is a member and has donated to the organization.

The group asked McDonald's to removed itself from the chamber.

In a letter to the AFA, McDonald's officials expressed continued support to the GLBT community. “We will continue to support our people and their right to live and work in an inclusive society.”

In March, the association ended its two-year boycott against Ford Motor Company after it stopped advertising in the gay media. The automaker, however, has said it stopped running all niche advertising when the economy soured.

The association, founded in 1977 by Rev. Donald Wildmon, has a long history of objecting to equal rights for gays and lesbians. It has lobbied against gay marriage and hate-crime legislation that would benefit gays

The AFA has also supported the “ex-gay” movement, which believes gays and lesbians need to reaffirm their belief in God by removing their same-sex attractions. They believe this is possible through religious means, including group discussions, counseling, Bible reading and prayer.

Challenging the notion that gays need to change is the group Truth Wins Out (TWO). A blog post on the group's website by its executive director, Wayne Besen, said: “McDonald's is not promoting a “gay agenda.” They are simply supporting equality for all people in the workplace... The group [AFA] is all hat and no cattle and has emerged as one of the most dishonest groups on the far right fringe.”