Founder Tom Monaghan has dished out funds for initiatives and organizations that oppose the rights of the LGBT community, according to gay-rights blog Guy Dads. He co-founded the Thomas More Law Center, which advocated in court to restrict access to domestic partner benefits, and in 2001, he financed a ballot proposal in Ypsilanti, Mich., to remove sexual orientation from the city's non-discrimination ordinance.
2. Request Foods, a supplier to Campbell's Soup
In a political ad attacking a local nondiscrimination policy, the Michigan-based packaged-foods company accused gay people of being psychologically disordered, suggested that people can spontaneously change their sexual orientation, and argued that gays and lesbians don't deserve civil rights because homosexuality is destructive to society, reports a petition on Change.org. Request Foods president Jack DeWitt has also contributed thousands to the anti-gay group Family Research Council's political action committee.
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The Adolph Coors Foundation made waves in the 1970s and 1980s for its anti-union, anti-gay, anti-minority stance, then took major efforts in the 1990s to make nice with gay consumers, offering money to gay rights groups and becoming one of the first companies in the United States to offer marriage benefits to employees in same-sex relationships. While the Coors family took steps to distance its political activities with the Coors brand, the Castle Rock Foundation, established with a $36.6 million endowment from the Coors Foundation, continued to pour $2 to $3 million of Coors profits each year into anti-gay and other conservative causes into the 21st century, reports claim.
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5. Formerly Anti-Gay: Rockstar Energy
As posted by Guy Dads, Russell Weiner, the CEO of Rockstar, is the son of extreme right-wing radio host Michael Savage. (Sample Savage response: "You're one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig.") Savage drew on his experience as a botanist and herbalist to help formulate the energy drink. But in 2009, Rockstar denounced Savage's hate-filled speech and pledged that the company would be more LGBT friendly, putting its words to action by including non-discrimination clauses and domestic partner benefits in its policies and donating $100,000 to gay-rights organizations.