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WAL-MART ANNOUNCES PLANS TO PROTECT GAY EMPLOYEES
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Posted on 07/01/2003 8:03:18 PM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals

WAL-MART ANNOUNCES PLANS TO PROTECT GAY EMPLOYEES; Has expanded its antidiscrimination policy... DEVELOPING...


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I plan to contact Wal-mart's public relations  person Karen Burke at (479) 273-4314 and tell her how disappointed I am that they've fallen prey to the political correct crowd. Equal treatment for all, but special rights for none. If you want to contact them via the web, here is the  Link.  I can hear Sam rolling over in his grave.
1 posted on 07/01/2003 8:03:18 PM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
Protect the Gays from what? Each other?
2 posted on 07/01/2003 8:06:03 PM PDT by Dr Warmoose
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
Protect their gay employees from what? I must say, I've never noticed ravening bands of blue-blazered Republicans lurking outside Wal-Mart, waiting to beat up the hommersekshuls.
3 posted on 07/01/2003 8:06:30 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
Thats what's so sad about Wal-mart giving into this phoney issue.
5 posted on 07/01/2003 8:08:05 PM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals (Ronaldus Magnus he's our man . . . If he can't do it, no one can.)
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To: Dr Warmoose
"Protect the Gays from what? Each other?"

Gives new meaning to the phrase "clean up on aisle 5"
6 posted on 07/01/2003 8:08:43 PM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals (Ronaldus Magnus he's our man . . . If he can't do it, no one can.)
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
What it means is all employees except homosexuals will be strong armed into working off the clock for free.
7 posted on 07/01/2003 8:09:17 PM PDT by GaConfed
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
We are being bombarded with gays.
Luckily, I never go into Wal_Mart anyway, but they need to realize that they project an image of being a family store and knock this junk off.
8 posted on 07/01/2003 8:10:18 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
Another step up the ladder advancing the queer agenda of constitutional protected rights that they don't deserve.
9 posted on 07/01/2003 8:11:14 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
WAL-MART ANNOUNCES PLANS TO PROTECT GAY EMPLOYEES

What would that be? Did Wal-Mart find a way to cure cancer and every known STD?

10 posted on 07/01/2003 8:11:14 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (No animals were harmed during the making of this post.)
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To: William Creel
If it's pacific(sp?) ...

I think you mean "specific".
11 posted on 07/01/2003 8:12:00 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Bush/Cheney in '04 and Tommy Daschole out the door)
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
New Wal-Mart Policy Protects Gay Workers
12 posted on 07/01/2003 8:12:04 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
What's Walmart planning to do? Give each homo a condom when they clock-out?
13 posted on 07/01/2003 8:13:12 PM PDT by onyx (Name an honest democrat? I can't either!)
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
This is a topic that I just don't seem to understand. Look at the Gay Pride prouds that occured all over the nation. They said they are demonstrating their freedom and lifestyle. Personally, I have no problem with anybody lifestyle as long as I don't have to pay for it or sit next to someone on a plane and have to hear about it. Still, its hard to explain to a five year about two people of the same sex showing public displays of affection not to mention the the insane behavior that goes on. Whats WalMart going to do next? Special consideration for those who committ adultry, NAMBLA followers, and S and M?
14 posted on 07/01/2003 8:15:39 PM PDT by PeaceCorpsGuy (Message to Ann Coulter: Please, let it be true that your book can outsell the Hildabeast!)
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
Dag-nabbit! It's getting harder and harder to find places we CAN shop now days! Guess its time to go all out supporting the mom-and-pop locally owned nickel and dime stores again.
15 posted on 07/01/2003 8:16:39 PM PDT by mn-bush-man
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To: mn-bush-man
Before they turn into pop and pop or mom and mom stores!
16 posted on 07/01/2003 8:18:40 PM PDT by PeaceCorpsGuy (Message to Ann Coulter: Please, let it be true that your book can outsell the Hildabeast!)
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To: William Creel
If it's against all discrimination, I'm happy. If it's pacific(sp?) I'm not.

If it is pacific, it would represent a sea change.

:)

17 posted on 07/01/2003 8:19:15 PM PDT by Ken H
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It was unclear today exactly how Wal-Mart planned to train employees, but Ms. Williams said that a computer-based training program would include discussion of sexual orientation.

Ctrl+Alt+Del

18 posted on 07/01/2003 8:19:35 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
What, free condoms???
19 posted on 07/01/2003 8:21:07 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: mn-bush-man
"Dag-nabbit! It's getting harder and harder to find places we CAN shop now days! Guess its time to go all out supporting the mom-and-pop locally owned nickel and dime stores again."

Absolutely. This is what Walmart USED to be. Someone once said if an institution is not extreemly conservative to begin with, it will end up being extreemly liberal. I will never shop at this place again.
20 posted on 07/01/2003 8:21:13 PM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals (Ronaldus Magnus he's our man . . . If he can't do it, no one can.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Shouldn't this be Breaking News?
21 posted on 07/01/2003 8:21:32 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
"Shouldn't this be Breaking News?"

I think it was when I posted it.
22 posted on 07/01/2003 8:22:25 PM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals (Ronaldus Magnus he's our man . . . If he can't do it, no one can.)
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
No doubt that Wal-Mart's days are numbered. They may be the biggest retailer for now but its stuff like this that will provide an opening for another enterprising chain to begin stealing Wal-Mart customers by doing what Wal-Mart did in the beginning when Sam was alive, focus on the customer, not the employee. In 20 or 30 years Wal-Mart will have went the way of K-Mart.
23 posted on 07/01/2003 8:22:32 PM PDT by TonyM
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
Walmart has run every "dime store" out of most towns and cities. They have monopolized the market till there is hardly any other choice but Walmart. KMart has closed in our area... Target is still here. But the Walmart stores are always crowded.

They didn't have to do this... totally unnecessary... and totally too politically correct. Makes NO sense.

Who started this bandwagon... and where is it going to end? Not good.

24 posted on 07/01/2003 8:23:58 PM PDT by frnewsjunkie
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To: TonyM
"In 20 or 30 years Wal-Mart will have went the way of K-Mart."

I agree. I used to enjoy the way Wal-Mart annoyed the unions by running an open shop. Now they're pandering to the same bunch. It won't make them any friends on the left, but it sure will piss off a lot of us on the right.
25 posted on 07/01/2003 8:24:01 PM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals (Ronaldus Magnus he's our man . . . If he can't do it, no one can.)
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
That's what I thought. It is only a surprise announcement over the current most contentious issue of the culture wars that will be at the politicl front and center for at least the next year, that may be the heart of a constitutional amendment that will redraw the balance of Federal powers. But what do I know...
26 posted on 07/01/2003 8:29:10 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: frnewsjunkie
Who started this bandwagon
I believe you can "thank" Sandra Day O'Connor.
27 posted on 07/01/2003 8:32:35 PM PDT by Libertina (FR - roaches check in, but they don't check out....)
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
One to two percent of the damned planet is homosexual and they have become the PC exalted elect.

This is disgusting

28 posted on 07/01/2003 8:33:17 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (We are crushing our enemies, seeing him driven before us and hearing the lamentations of the liberal)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
From the NYT article linked at reply #12......

With Wal-Mart making the policy change, 9 of the 10 largest Fortune 500 companies now have rules barring discrimination against gay employees, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group in Washington, D.C., that monitors discrimination policies and laws.

The exception is the Exxon Mobil Corporation, which was created in 1999 after Exxon acquired Mobil, and then revoked a Mobil policy that provided medical benefits to partners of gay employees, as well as a policy that included sexual orientation as a category of prohibited discrimination.

Wal-Mart said it had no plans to extend medical benefits to unmarried couples, but gay rights groups that have pressed for coverage for domestic partners said they would continue to lobby the company to do so.

Among the Fortune 500 companies, 197 provide domestic partners with medical coverage, including several of the major airlines and the Big Three automakers, and 318 have antidiscrimination policies that extend protection to gay employees, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

With Wal-Mart now joining the ranks of companies with protections for gay employees, and in light of last week's Supreme Court ruling, gay rights groups said they expected many corporations, and possibly state governments, to follow suit.

It seems that this gay rights thing is not a new nor novel approach in the least.

Maybe that's why it's no longer in Breaking News.

29 posted on 07/01/2003 8:36:42 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
Timing is everything. What are half the topics of threads today about?
30 posted on 07/01/2003 8:41:48 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: TonyM
No doubt that Wal-Mart's days are numbered. They may be the biggest retailer for now but its stuff like this that will provide an opening for another enterprising chain to begin stealing Wal-Mart customers by doing what Wal-Mart did in the beginning when Sam was alive, focus on the customer, not the employee.

There's no other discount store in the country that focuses on its customers MORE than Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart is a $250 billion global company, larger than its two nearest competitors combined.

There's no room for any other "chains." The barriers to entry into the market are way too high.

As for focusing on employees, I read stories almost daily here that Wal-Mart disses its employees.

31 posted on 07/01/2003 8:48:05 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: Diddle E. Squat
What are half the topics of threads today about?

I'm afraid to look.......but I have a pretty good idea.

I thought I was doing FR a service by simply linking to the NYT article rather than making another post on this site with the word gay in it's title, but, I'm sure eventually, the article will be posted as it's own thread........in breaking news.

32 posted on 07/01/2003 8:50:42 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Timing is everything. What are half the topics of threads today about?

And they don't represent nearly half the issues facing this country today.

Wal-Mart has most likely made this decision to protect itself from lawsuits. Having a policy and making an effort to communicate it to your employees goes a long way in defending a company from groundless lawsuits.

33 posted on 07/01/2003 8:51:48 PM PDT by Dolphy
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
I can hear Sam rolling over in his grave.

So that's what that sound from the northeast was! I thought maybe a tornado was taking down northeast San Antonio. :)

34 posted on 07/01/2003 8:53:23 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
This is not a radical policy here. Wal-Mart is not giving benefits, acknowledging same sex couples, but just saying that people can't be rejected for employment for being gay, or being fired for the same.

This costs them zero dollars in benefits, and it is quasi in place already. Somebody isn't going to be fired at most Wal-Marts for being gay as it is, so this really is not a radical overturn of policy. It wasn't as if Wal-Mart had a corporate policy of firing gays. This just codifies it.

35 posted on 07/01/2003 8:58:00 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
This the letter I sent to Wal-Mart in response to their new policy.


It has recently come to my attention that Wal-Mart has decided to change their family friendly policies and begin supporting the homosexual agenda that seems to be an epidemic sweeping the country. While Wal-Mart certainly has the right to make this change in their corporate policy, I as a regular shopper and stock holder also have the right to show my disapproval by taking my money elsewhere. I intend to do both by shopping at other stores and selling my stock. It is also my intention to pass this information on to as many of my family, friends and associates as possible.
36 posted on 07/01/2003 9:01:19 PM PDT by redangus
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To: hole_n_one
Apparently this "protection" only extends to them not being harrassed in the workplace. It does not extend to granting them any special privledges. It's sound like they did this to get a noisy, and likely fairly small, group of shareholders out of their face. It's still the cowards way out to imply that gay employees enjoy some "special" protection. . The right thing to do would be to say that Gay employees at WalMart enjoy the same workplace protections as all other workers. (Meaning virtually none not required by law, and not even some of those apparently. )
37 posted on 07/01/2003 9:01:20 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: dogbyte12
"This is not a radical policy here. Wal-Mart is not giving benefits, acknowledging same sex couples, but just saying that people can't be rejected for employment for being gay, or being fired for the same."

Just the action of singling out a particular group for special treatment is what is offensive. To acknowledge someone - in this case someone who is a homosexual - belongs in a unique class of people elevates what is really just a sexual fetish to something that doesn't deserve mention in the workplace or the marketplace.
39 posted on 07/01/2003 9:04:45 PM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals (Ronaldus Magnus he's our man . . . If he can't do it, no one can.)
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To: trebor
"BARRY GOLDWATER thought you homophobes were clymers."

How could someone be called a homophobe when all they want is equal treatment for all? Part of equal treatment means not grouping people into their own workplace tribes.
40 posted on 07/01/2003 9:07:38 PM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals (Ronaldus Magnus he's our man . . . If he can't do it, no one can.)
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To: redangus
"This the letter I sent to Wal-Mart in response to their new policy."

Good for you. I'm calling their PR department tomorrow.
41 posted on 07/01/2003 9:08:23 PM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals (Ronaldus Magnus he's our man . . . If he can't do it, no one can.)
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To: Those_Crazy_Liberals
Gives new meaning to the phrase "clean up on aisle 5"

You just ruined my dinner.

42 posted on 07/01/2003 9:14:09 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Bigg Red
I think he means that this is series, and it could be hugh.
43 posted on 07/01/2003 9:43:51 PM PDT by giznort
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To: sinkspur
I've heard Wal-Mart does not advance their female employees at the same rate they do the male advancment. Can you enlighten me? I find this hard to believe what with Ms. Clinton being so involved in their beginning.
44 posted on 07/01/2003 9:46:39 PM PDT by malia
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To: frnewsjunkie
Walmart has run every "dime store" out of most towns and cities. They have monopolized the market till there is hardly any other choice but Walmart. KMart has closed in our area... Target is still here. But the Walmart stores are always crowded.

Yep, they are so crowded, nobody goes there anymore. How dare they create such a popular place. Most KMarts were dumps, anyway.

45 posted on 07/01/2003 9:46:51 PM PDT by Moonman62
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To: hole_n_one
She said that while investors like Pride Foundation had a role in the decision, the most important factor was a letter to senior management officials about six weeks ago from several gay Wal-Mart employees, saying that unless the company changed its policy the employees would "continue to feel excluded."

I'm taking a guess that is code for .. do something or I'll sue the pants off you?

46 posted on 07/01/2003 9:52:40 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Moonman62
The K Mart close to me packed it up about a year ago. The lot is now full of trash and the building is empty.

In other words, it hasn't changed a bit.

47 posted on 07/01/2003 9:57:30 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: TonyM
I don't think so. If WalMart goes out of business, it won't be because you and I and a few Freepers took our dollars elsewhere. The truth is, most Wallys are supported by slow-moving obese people who like the hours and the prices and the variety and are frankly a little too numb to rear up and say, I ain't shopping at no store that gives 'em people special treatment! Not that we're saying that, per se. It's about the marketing, it's about the prices, it's about the buying habits. Name all the giant supermarket chains, okay? Who sells more groceries than ANY chain in the country? WalMart, that's who. Your Wally shoppers are out there laying in supplies at the best prices they know of, and most people don't give a hoot about the (perceived) politics of a place. Seriously.

And of course WalMart is just jumping on the me-too bandwagon.

But you know, this is one of those times when I'd love to be wrong: Wally also caters to customers who want their Cosmos covered, because the covers are too racy, and record companies produce special-edition of sanitized CDs by many artists so they can get distribution in WalMart. Ya never know.
48 posted on 07/01/2003 10:04:28 PM PDT by John Robertson
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To: Ken H
And, this being a cold and cruel world in general, it might even be arctic.
49 posted on 07/01/2003 10:19:00 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: SAJ
Off topic-- I just read your profile page. I had to reread the last two lines of the first paragraph several times before I finally got it. The way the margins were, I kept reading it like "U.N." was at the end of the sentence!
50 posted on 07/01/2003 11:16:24 PM PDT by Ken H
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