NFL players Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings and Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have continued their vocal and public support of gay rights by joining a boycott of Amway.
Amway Hotel Corporation owns the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It also owns Alticor Corporate Enterprises, Gurwitch Products, Interleukin Genetics and Fulton Innovation. The boycott of Amway started when it was revealed the company had donated $500,000 to the National Organization for Marriage.
The football stars were asked to sign the now-famous postcards by Rights Equal Rights founder Fred Karger. The postcards are parts of a campaign to pressure Amway owner Doug DeVos. Both Kluwe’s and Ayanbadejo’s postcards will be mailed to DeVos. The signed cards say that they fully support the Amway boycott until DeVos contributes an equal amount to LGBT organizations that work toward full equality for all.
“I approached both freedom to marry advocates and they signed on without hesitation,” Karger said. “NOM has attacked these pro football players for standing up for equality and I think they really liked the fact that they could fight back against NOM.”
With the signing of the Boycott Amway postcards, Chris and Brendon join actress Jane Lynch, numerous elected officials, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Equality Pennsylvania and thousands of other individuals and organizations who have endorsed the boycott or signed the postcards.
The two players were special guests at the New York GLAAD Media Awards last weekend.