After three years of boycotting Home Depot over its LGBT-supportive policies, the American Family Association says it has achieved its goals and is ending the boycott. “We’re satisfied that the company has withdrawn its major financial contributions to gay activist groups and to their activities,” the anti-gay AFA said in a statement.
The announcement came as a surprise to Home Depot, however. A spokesman for the company told ThinkProgress that no policy changes have been implemented as a result of the boycott. In fact, Home Depot continues to offer numerous services to support diversity in the workplace, including a Pride Network Associate Resource Group. It also maintains an official partnership with LGBT community organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign.
“We haven’t made any changes to our policies for inclusion and respect of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation. We have not directed our associates to discontinue participation in Pride or other community events, and have no intention of doing so,” the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the AFA did not offer any specifics about what actions Home Depot had taken to meet its demands. Executives at Home Depot have regularly rebuffed the AFA at shareholder meetings and ignored the boycott entirely, according to ThinkProgress.
Apparently the AFA simply tired of putting effort into a boycott that has yielded no results but didn’t want to admit defeat.