DALLAS, Texas, May 30, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At its annual shareholder meeting this week, the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, rejected a proposal demanding changes to its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy that would have granted special rights to homosexual employees.
"Had the resolution passed, the company would have been forced to begin promoting and providing 'acceptance' training of homosexuality to all employees, even if they had religious objections," said Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association.
The proposal, voted down by 81 percent of ExxonMobil's shareholders on May 30 read, "The Shareholders request that ExxonMobil amend its written equal employment opportunity policy to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and to substantially implement the policy."
This vote marks the 14th year in a row that the company has refused to cave in to the demands of gay activists for special rights for homosexuals.
ExxonMobil said it already prohibits "all forms of discrimination" and "believes the proposal is unnecessary."
“Benefit coverage for spouses is based on legally recognized spousal relationships in the individual countries where we operate,” said Kimberly Brasington, a media relations adviser for ExxonMobil.
“In the United States, we have adopted the definition of spouse used in federal law," Brasington said. "Employees in countries where national law recognizes same-sex relationships receive spousal benefits under ExxonMobil programs.”
"It won't take the pain out of gas prices, but it might comfort you to know that at ExxonMobil, your patronage isn't fueling the homosexual agenda," commented Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. "For the 14th straight year, shareholders voted to maintain their reputation as the only major oil company to uphold the values of a majority of Americans."
Tony Perkins remarked that in years past, Exxon's annual meeting attracted hundreds of protestors hoping to pressure one of the nation's largest employers to capitulate to the homosexual agenda, but this year only one homosexual activist showed up.
"The lone demonstrator at this year's meeting should be very instructive to business leaders and others," he noted. "You can never appease the cultural bullies by seeking to accommodate their demands, but if you refuse to negotiate with them, they'll eventually leave and harass someone else."
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Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the FRC, told CNSNews, “The fact that ExxonMobil has adopted none of the pro-homosexual policies demanded by groups like the Human Rights Campaign, yet remains the second largest corporation in America, demonstrates the falsehood of claims that such policies are necessary to attract a quality workforce.”
“On the contrary, other corporations would be wise to follow ExxonMobil's example,” said Sprigg, “focusing on their core business rather than on appeasing small populations and special interest groups.”
"We applaud ExxonMobil for standing firm and not ceding the moral high ground to the bullies of the Left," said Perkins.
"Their conviction is a refreshing change from companies like Target and Amazon.com, who continue to alienate customers with their radical political views. Join us in thanking ExxonMobil for refusing to be bullied," Perkins concluded.
The American Family Association has prepared a letter that can be sent to ExxonMobil and its chairman, Rex Tillerson, through the AFA's website. "Let them know you agree with their vote," urges the AFA.
You may click here to contact ExxonMobil directly.