An Idaho family that owns a chain of seven Hallmark stores in the state will not carry the company's new line of gay-friendly greeting cards.
The cards, which feature images such as figures in tuxedos holding hands and rows of rainbow-colored hearts, contain neutral language inside that could apply to commitment ceremonies, or gay or straight marriage.
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One conservative group in the state is organizing members to call and voice objections to the Hallmark stores that have chosen to carry the cards. A press release from the organization's president justifies its stance against the paper cards because "63% of Idahoans rejected homosexual marriage at the ballot box in 2006."
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In a world where famine, disease and war challenge innocent lives daily, taking a stand against individuals who choose to publicly profess love and commitment to each other seems to me to come from the smallest of minds.