December 5, 2011
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists are calling for a boycott of the Salvation Army's annual red kettle drive because of the Christian charity's stance on homosexuality, the Christian Post reports. Maj. George Hood, national community relations secretary for the Salvation Army, said the disagreement between the organization and gay-rights groups came down to theology. "The Salvation Army and the gay community are never going to come to an agreement on the topic," he said, reiterating that the Salvation Army would not change its beliefs about homosexuality any more than gay groups would change theirs. He added that the Salvation Army wouldn't be hurt by the boycott, but rather the people it serves, including many from the gay community. "If people refuse to give, it's the poor and people in need that will suffer," he said.