Wal-Mart CEO Has a Problem With Gays

Wal-Mart CEO Has a Problem With Gays

There are 532 comments on the www.huffingtonpost.com story from May 13, 2009, titled Wal-Mart CEO Has a Problem With Gays. In it, www.huffingtonpost.com reports that:

Mike Duke, who has been chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores for just three months, is getting a lot of attention in the blogosphere. It's not the kind of attention a new CEO wants.

"Shameful, bigoted and discriminatory" is the headline over one blog post about Duke.

Why? Because, it turns out, Duke signed a petition last year that put an initiative known as Act 1 on the ballot in his home state of Arkansas. The controversial initiative says that only married couples may become adoptive or foster parents in the state, closing the door for same-sex couples. It passed in November with 57 percent of the vote.

News that Duke had signed the petition caught the company flat-footed. When I asked a Wal-Mart spokesman for a comment, I got this response and no more:

I can confirm that Mr. Duke did sign the petition. Also, Wal-Mart did not take a position on the ballot initiative.

At the very least, Duke's decision to sign the petition reflects poor judgment. As a senior executive of Wal-Mart, he should have known that supporting a controversial measure widely seen as anti-gay could boomerang. (The Arkansas Democrat Gazette called Act 1 "just another exercise in stirring up bad feelings.") Duke has alienated LGBT customers and their allies, as well many of his own employees.

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“ A PICTURE FOR JUNKER”

Since: Apr 09

Denver, CO

#623 Oct 30, 2009
Walmart is a filthy place to shop anyway. The clothes are garbage and the food is worthless. Who the hell wants to shop at some fifth hand store for food?

I'd rather starve.
RIGHT IS RIGHT

Paragould, AR

#643 Feb 20, 2010
I SAY TO THE CEO OF WalMart! Stand up for what you believe in and do not worry about the WORDS of those that don't agree!!! There are more Then NOT that STANDS BY YOUR SIDE!!!!!

Since: Jan 10

Defiance, OH

#644 Feb 20, 2010
Gay Americans should boycott Wal Mart.

Since: Jan 10

Defiance, OH

#645 Feb 20, 2010
Mona Lott wrote:
<quoted text>
Not.
That would be your obeese wives trying to fit their size 60 butt into a size L bikini.
LMAO. This is so true.
Guest

Clovis, NM

#646 Feb 20, 2010
Blond King wrote:
Walmart is a filthy place to shop anyway. The clothes are garbage and the food is worthless. Who the hell wants to shop at some fifth hand store for food?
I'd rather starve.
Their business continues to grow and I am one of their customer, that think they are great.
I think any individual should sign any petition they chose, this is a FREE nation supposedly, It is non American for the queers not liking for anyone not to use their freedom in any way.
I am an American and I don't care who the queers lick or suck or nasty it up. I think they need to keep it private as We did when my husband got me pregnant.
guest

Paragould, AR

#647 Aug 8, 2010
Guest wrote:
<quoted text>Their business continues to grow and I am one of their customer, that think they are great.
I think any individual should sign any petition they chose, this is a FREE nation supposedly, It is non American for the queers not liking for anyone not to use their freedom in any way.
I am an American and I don't care who the queers lick or suck or nasty it up. I think they need to keep it private as We did when my husband got me pregnant.
Being FREE doesn't give people the freedom to take away other people's freedoms, and ACT 1 was recently ruled Unconstutional here in Arkansas by our court system.
America 1st

Paragould, AR

#649 Aug 12, 2010
Why haven't I weighed in on this?
Eric Von Zipper

Bella Vista, AR

#650 Aug 12, 2010
Blond King wrote:
Walmart is a filthy place to shop anyway. The clothes are garbage and the food is worthless. Who the hell wants to shop at some fifth hand store for food?
I'd rather starve.
Then Starve???!!!!!!!
gUeSt

United States

#652 Aug 29, 2010
lol

Since: Mar 09

Greene County, AR

#653 Sep 1, 2010
Does anyone have any updates on this story?
sully

United States

#654 Oct 31, 2010
Down with Wal-Mart!
aSk Me NoW

United States

#655 Dec 29, 2010
I bet the Wal-Mart CEO was sad when he found out that don't ask don't tell went down in the military as HISTORY!!!
Harry

Bella Vista, AR

#657 Feb 12, 2011
All this is really Funny since Mike is a Closet Queen.44
Mel

Schaumburg, IL

#658 Feb 13, 2011
Wal-Mart is anti-gay because the fairies keep coming in to the stores and stretching out the bikini bottoms around the crotch area and hanging them back on the display rack.

Since: Mar 09

Greene County, AR

#659 May 13, 2011
Mel wrote:
Wal-Mart is anti-gay because the fairies keep coming in to the stores and stretching out the bikini bottoms around the crotch area and hanging them back on the display rack.
I'll take three please.

Since: Jul 11

Dallas, TX

#660 Jul 18, 2011
Mike needs to realize, at least 25%, gays work for Wal-Mart, apparently, doing a good job!!!!, my advice, leave people alone

Since: Jul 11

Dallas, TX

#661 Jul 18, 2011
RIGHT IS RIGHT wrote:
I SAY TO THE CEO OF WalMart! Stand up for what you believe in and do not worry about the WORDS of those that don't agree!!! There are more Then NOT that STANDS BY YOUR SIDE!!!!!
Yes, I agree, everyone can have there own ideas, but as a leader, be careful, as religion, even choosing a soft drink, it's America, Land of The free, gays do there job, none of his business if they marry or not, I know Gay people who have a better relationship, than people with a piece of paper, says, legally,'I'm married

Since: Jul 11

Dallas, TX

#662 Jul 18, 2011
RIGHT IS RIGHT wrote:
I SAY TO THE CEO OF WalMart! Stand up for what you believe in and do not worry about the WORDS of those that don't agree!!! There are more Then NOT that STANDS BY YOUR SIDE!!!!!
Really, there more gays, than you know; apoarently, your not here, in NWA-Arkansas
turki

Saudi Arabia

#663 Jul 18, 2011
What- wrote:
You can see a photocopy of the petition sheet that the CEO of Wal-Mart signed, which is a public document made available by the Arkansas Secretary of State, at the following link:
http://knowthyneighbor.org/arkansas/pdfs/1026...
thanks

king alwled bin tlal

http://www.qwled.com/vb/index.php
guest

Paragould, AR

#664 Nov 17, 2012
too funny

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