Salvation Army's anti-gay attitude incenses activists

GENESEE COUNTY, MI: A coalition of gay-rights activists -

spearheaded by Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians And Gays

(PFLAG) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - is

protesting the Salvation Army this holiday season by dropping leaflets

in the charity's collection kettles.

The protest originated from a Michigan chapter of PFLAG, but has spread

nationally to the organization's 80,000 members. Copies of the leaflet -

which reads, "I would have donated $5, but the Salvation Army's

decision to discriminate against gay and lesbian employees prevents my

donation now and in the future" - are available for members to download

from the organization's website. An e-mail alert was also sent out.

The grassroots action is in response to a mandate from the Salvation

Army's national office forbidding any of its four regional divisions

from granting benefits to same-sex domestic partners.

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