Family Groups Call on Beer Maker to Stop 'Endorsing Homosexuality'

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

( - The Family Policy Network (FPN), a family advocacy group based in Richmond, Virginia, is continuing to put pressure on beer giant Anheuser-Busch for its "endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle," a spokesman for the organization told

At a NASCAR motor racing event in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, the FPN hired an airplane to fly a banner over race fans gathered to watch a race. The banner read: "Bud: Stop Backing the Gay Agenda -"

Thousands of flyers documenting the beer giant's marketing to homosexual communities also were distributed to fans at the tracks. The brochure lists Anheuser-Busch's products and theme parks to avoid and also directs readers to FPN's web site for more information.

The campaign, which the FPN calls "Race for the Family," was begun at a national stock car race at Martinsville, Va. last fall and subsequently duplicated at the Daytona International Speedway.

While most beer makers advertise in homosexual publications, Budweiser has gone a step further by investing in and sponsoring events that depict what family activists consider degrading and dangerous behavior.

"Our opposition to Anheuser-Busch goes far beyond the fact that they sponsor homosexual newspapers with ads affirming homosexuality. Anheuser-Busch endorses homosexuality by running ads in homosexual publications showing men holding hands and a tag line that says, 'be yourself and make it a Bud Light.'

"That's an endorsement of homosexuality and they should be held accountable," Joe Glover, a spokesman for FPN told

"But of even greater concern is the fact that Budweiser has hired an alternative lifestyles' manager whose purpose is to promote the homosexual agenda. They're not just in this for the money. They're in it for the cause," Glover said.

Last year Budweiser sponsored the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, a festival that features sado-masochistic events where participants beat each other until they bleed or bruise, Glover said.

Glover displayed a video of the San Francisco event made by Americans for Truth about Homosexuality to members of the media in St. Louis, Mo., Anheuser-Busch' hometown, generating widespread interest.

"If the average Budweiser customer knew what that company does with the profits they get from the beers they drink, they wouldn't drink their beer," Glover said.

Numerous phone calls by to Budweiser and to NASCAR were not returned. The brewery released a statement late last year to a news outlet saying Budweiser supports the Folsom Street Fair "because of the benefits the event brings to the San Francisco community."

The fair is the third-largest outdoor festival in California and it raised more than $215,000 last year for charity, the company said.

Glover told he receives hate mail every day attacking him for the stand he has taken, but that the FPN will continue to publicize the issue.

So far he estimates the banner was seen by 100,000 fans at Martinsville, 260,000 at Daytona Beach and 100,000 or more at Atlanta - not counting the publicity he generates by media interviews he does monthly.