- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 4, 2007

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kroger Co. says it will allow a regional newspaper for homosexuals to again be distributed on the free publication rack inside some of its Nashville-area grocery stores.

The Cincinnati-based company announced the change Monday, about a month after the Out & About monthly newspaper was removed from racks at 34 of its Nashville-area stores.

A Kroger spokeswoman last month cited a company policy against displaying publications that promote “political, religious or other specific agendas” as reason for the removal.

But some supporters of the paper said Kroger allows the display of homosexual newspapers at its stores in other markets, such as Atlanta.

Last month, members of the city’s homosexual community organized a weeklong boycott against Kroger and Harris Teeter, another grocery store chain where the newspapers were removed.

Kroger Co. said in a press release Monday that it has a process for all free publications to be distributed at its stores, and the company that manages its free publication racks — DistribuTech — did not follow that process with Out & About.