New Lockheed policy on gays ‘oddly superficial’
December 21, 2013 11:00 PM | 2269 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I’m sure you’ll receive many letters and comments supporting the policies of the Boy Scouts of America as a result of your recent story on the decision by Lockheed Martin Corporation to sever all ties with the community organization. The values and beliefs of the BSA are quite common, and this decision by Lockheed will anger many in the local area.

I do not share the BSA’s opinion on homosexuality, yet I think Lockheed Martin is the party to be ostracized here. Like children on a playground, Lockheed is responding to the BSA’s intolerance with intolerance of its own. Just as the BSA’s policies are intolerant of homosexuality, Lockheed’s new policy is intolerant of politically incorrect opinions. At least the BSA holds values it believes are in the best interest of children. Lockheed appears to hold values it believes play well in the media.

Lockheed’s new policy seems oddly superficial. If these were core values at Lockheed, why did they continue to do billions of dollars of business with the U.S. military, when for decades the military’s policies were essentially identical to those of the BSA? Why does Lockheed continue to do millions of dollars of transactions with foreign governments which not only outlaw homosexuality but punish it severely?

Contrary to the ridiculous comments by Cobb Democratic Party Chairwoman Melissa Pike, Lockheed does not put their money where their mouth is; Lockheed puts its values up for sale.

Russ Wood

Powder Springs
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December 24, 2013

My only agenda is to point out the inconsistency of Lockheed's actions.

As a capitalist, I think Lockheed should conduct business with groups or entities which hold opposing views. The power of commerce is to bring people together. Nations that trade with each other rarely go to war against each other.

I only wish Lockheed would see that they could do more good by engaging rather than boycotting local service groups with which they disagree. If Lockheed can find value in doing business with Saudi Arabia or the UAE, despite the legal punishment for homosexuals in those nations, surely Lockheed can find some value in supporting the Boy Scouts, whose treatment of homosexuals is far less severe.

Russ Wood
December 22, 2013
I do not agree with your opinion. Lockheed Martin has been providing benefits, including medical, to same sex partners for many many years for its employees. Lockheed is in the business of supporting our country and other countries that support the United States, And of course, like any other business, the company also looks to make a profit. It would appear you have another agenda here.
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