Over the years, I’ve used Amazon to purchase a few items, mostly movies, books or software. However, those days are over as I place Amazon in the list with J.C. Penney, Target, Sears, Home Depot, General Mills and Starbucks.
I knew Amazon lacked moral standards because of some of the merchandise it sold. A friend of mine had gotten a job at the local Amazon distribution warehouse. After a few short weeks, he quit because of all of the pornography he was packing to ship to people all over the nation.
The final straw for Amazon came yesterday when I read about Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and his wife Mackenzie donating $2.5 million to help pass a measure on the November ballot to legalize same-sex marriage.
Earlier this year, a bill was passed by the Washington state legislature to legalize same-sex marriage. Before the bill could be signed into law, an initiative was launched by opponents to same-sex marriage, to place the measure, known as Referendum 74, on the November ballot.
According to the New York Times, Bezos received an email Sunday from an employee that worked with him in the earliest days of Amazon. Jennifer Cast pleaded with Bezos to help fund the Referendum 74 movement to legalize same-sex marriage. Cast, now 50 years old, is a lesbian who along with her longtime partner is raising four children. After reminiscing over old times working together, and explaining her life, Cast wrote Bezos saying:
“Jeff, I suspect you support marriage equality. I beg you not to sit on the sidelines and hope the vote goes our way. Help us make it so.”
She boldly asked him to donate between $100,000 to $200,000 dollars to help the same-sex marriage cause. On Tuesday, only two days later, Cast was in the car with her partner and children when she received a reply from Bezos that read:
“Jen, this is right for so many reasons. We’re in for $2.5 million. Jeff & MacKenzie.”
I pray that this news will resound throughout the nation and that consumers will react to amazon like they have to J.C. Penney, whose sales and stock have plummeted ever since they made their public stand for same-sex marriage. Not only am I not going to purchase anything from Amazon until they change their ways, but I will delete them from my Favorites and encourage everyone else I know to do likewise.