McDonald’s has been accused of acceding to demands by a right-wing association that it stop supporting a gay organisation.

McDonald’s had come under pressure from the American Family Association (AFA) after it made a $20,000 donation to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

The company also appointed one of its employees, Vice President Richard Ellis, to the chamber’s board of directors.

Last week, the AFA announced that it would end its boycott of the fast food chain after McDonald’s agreed to no longer support the chamber and Ellis resigned from the board.

In an e-mail to McDonald’s franchised owners in the US the company said, “It is our policy to not be involved in political and social issues. McDonald’s remains neutral on same sex marriage or any ‘homosexual agenda’ as defined by the American Family Association.”

“We appreciate the decision by McDonald’s to no longer support political activity by homosexual activist organisations”, said the AFA.

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