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'Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,' says Northwest company executive
'Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,' says Northwest company executive
by Devin Glaser - SGN Contributing Writer

The president of Oregon-based Outsidepride.com Inc., a popular online, mail-order company specializing in fertilizers and gardening accessories, sent out an anti-Gay e-mail to the company's mailing list outlining his homophobic viewpoints.

The e-mail described two separate instances of Gays and Lesbians being portrayed positively on CBS's hit TV shows Cold Case and Without a Trace and requested that all sympathetic members of the company's mailing list contact CBS to voice their distaste that "prime time television is doing its best to make homosexuality a 'normal' behavior."

"Now, I am NOT trying to bash homosexuals and I am not a bigot; however, I feel homosexuality is morally wrong and should not be 'promoted' as what is the norm for society," wrote Outsidepride.com Inc. President Troy Hake. "There was Adam and then there was Eve, not Adam and Steve."

The e-mail disturbed many on the mailing list, including Rick Perrault a recipient of the e-mail and previous customer of the website. "I was a customer of Outsidepride.com," Perrault told the Seattle Gay News. "I am also a Gay male living in Seattle. Never before have I experienced anything like a company president using his customer e-mail list to express his opinion of Gays.

"I was shocked and offended to receive this and thought that people should be aware of this. I am all for expressing opinions, but the line needs to be drawn somewhere. How unbelievably inappropriate! I can't believe that Troy Hake sent this e-mail without the realization that many of his customers are going to be offended and/or downright ticked off. I don't know how he justified the use of his customer list to do this."

After receiving several e-mails from disgruntled customers, Outsidepride.com issued an official reply: "We had a huge response from the e-mail both positive and negative. Many of you pointed out that there are many immoral issues being displayed on TV and we would have to agree (war, violence, promiscuity, and so on). Many of you also stated you have a remote [and advised we] use it, this could be done and was. [H]owever we also chose to take a stand and have taken stands before for other programming we felt was wrong for public TV."

Hake nor the staff of Outsidepride.com responded to an e-mail from the SGN seeking comment by press time.

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