A Florida “mega-church” has decided to remove all Pepsi vending machines from its campus and replace them with ones serving Coca-Cola. The change is due to Pepsi’s perceived support for LGBT rights and legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
“Terry Kemple, a member of Bell Shoals Baptist and president of the Community Issues Council, said the church’s decision to boycott Pepsi products came after months of failed discussions with the soft drink company.
The council, formed ‘to promote and protect Judeo-Christian values’ according to its Web site, and church officials asked the soft drink company to curb its support of groups, events and legal issues that oppose traditional family values,’ Kemple said.
The company, Kemple said, sponsors major gay pride parades and events across the country.
‘This year, they pumped millions of dollars into organizations that opposed California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8,’ he said. ‘There are a lot of corporations that have diversity programs, but Pepsi goes far beyond.'”
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