Published On: Jul 15 2012 07:20:25 PM CDTUpdated On: Apr 01 2014 09:11:56 AM CDT
Dating site OKCupid is urging users to boycott Firefox and use another browser to find love over Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's support of an anti-gay marriage campaign. Firefox is owned by Mozilla.
Take a look at other brands and products that have been boycotted by various groups for not supporting or supporting LGBT rights.
In September, many gay bars in North America stopped selling the famous Stolichnaya vodka brand to protest Russia's crackdown on the gay community.
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a small bakery in Oregon, caused an uproar in February when its owners refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian bride, saying that doing so would violate their religious beliefs. Many locals boycotted the business and the business ultimately had to shut its doors.
In response to Google's "Legalize Love" campaign, the conservative non-profit group American Family Association has announced a boycott of the popular search engine.
"We are a part of boycotting efforts similar to this with other businesses," American Family Association's Buster Wilson stated on his radio show.
Betty Crocker, the staple of American domesticity, is part of the General Mills family of products, which has been boycotted by the National Organization for Marriage for opposing the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, which asked voters to pass an amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. The amendment failed.
As part of the General Mills family of products, Cheerios is one of the brands that has been boycotted by National Organization for Marriage for opposing the Minnesota Marriage Amendment.
In June 2012, Oreo posted a photo of a rainbow sextuple-stacked cookie to its Facebook page in honor of Pride month. While the responses were mostly positive, some commenters were outraged, even calling for a boycott of the product.
In 2009, American Apparel put its "Legalize Gay" T-shirt in storefront windows in Washington, D.C. When a group of anti-LGBT vandals broke the store's windows, the company didn't back down, but rather agreed to send shirts to any group in D.C. that was fighting for gay rights.
In 1992, Levi's found itself at odds with the Boy Scout's 'Three Gs' principle that had guided the Scouts' membership model for more than 80 years -- that everyone is welcome, provided they are not gay, godless, or a girl. San Francisco-based Levi's pulled its Boy Scout funding, due to the group's exclusion. In response, Republican Dana Rohrabacher encouraged a 'grassroots' counter-boycott of Levi Strauss
The anti-LGBT group Florida Family Association paid to have two planes fly over Walt Disney World with warning banners during Gay Days in an effort to deter unsuspecting families from attending the park during these days.
Aside from One Million Mom's infamous boycott of the store for choosing Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson, J.C. Penney also came under fire in June 2012 when its catalog featured two men on the floor playing and hugging their two children at home. The American Family Association urged members to "call or visit your local J. C. Penney store manager to politely inform them that you will not be shopping at their store this Father's Day."
In May 2012, Target announced that 100% of the purchase price of any of its Pride merchandise would be donated to the pro-LGBT Family Equality Council. The American Family Association lamented that "Target is joining President Obama in ramming same-sex marriage down the throats of the American people" and urged members to contact Target Chairman Gregg Steinhafel to voice their concerns.
In 2005, Microsoft came under fire from anti-LGBT activists for its support of a bill in that would outlaw discrimination against homosexuals at work in the state of Washington. In response, Microsoft withdrew its support of the bill, prompting outrage from gay and liberal activists.
In January 2012, when Starbucks released a memorandum voicing support of gay marriage, National Organization for Marriage launched DumpStarbucks.com to urge people to boycott the coffee chain.
In November 2013, the president of Italian pasta maker Barilla came under fire for anti-gay remarks he made in September, which sparked many LGBT groups and customers to boycott Barilla products.