Actress Jane Lynch joins Amway boycott over donation to anti-gay group
Emmy-award winning actress Jane Lynch has joined a boycott targeting the direct-sales giant Amway, according to mLive.
LGBT rights activist Fred Karger, who launched the boycott in August, said Lynch “grabbed the pen out of my hand and signed away” when asked to add her name to a postcard. The postcard, along with 50 others like them, have been sent to Amway president and owner Doug DeVos.
Tax records obtained by Karger show that DeVos donated $500,000 to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Education Fund through his Douglas & Maria DeVos Foundation.
NOM was formed in 2007 to pass Proposition 8 in California, a constitutional amendment to prohibit same sex marriage. The organization has fought against proposals in numerous states to legalize same sex marriage and allow same sex couples to adopt children.
“As private citizens, the DeVos family supports causes and organizations that advocate for policies aligned to their personal beliefs,” Amway previously said in a statement.
The company’s political donations are nothing new. Amway’s founding families have been described as “fervently conservative, fervently Christian, and hugely influential in the Republican Party.” The company has donated millions to conservative causes.