From Broken Cars to Broken Families—AAA Headed Down the Wrong Road

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I just got my AAA renewal in the mail this month.  It’s nearly 80.00 for a membership that includes my husband and myself and our two cars—but it doesn’t cover the restructuring of families.

According to Equality Florida, a homosexual activist organization, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has begun offering “Family Memberships” to homosexual couples, recognizing the homosexual couple as being “married.”


Apparently AAA fell under fire earlier this summer from three GLBT rights groups, Georgia Equality, Equality Florida, and the Tennessee Equality Project.  In response to this pressure, AAA decided to change it’s policy, despite the fact that the vast majority of it’s customers believes that families should not be remanufactured in the GLBT image.

The old AAA policy was basically a don’t ask, don’t tell type deal, but that wasn’t enough for gay rights activists who are pushing for full societal acceptance.  By threatening boycotts activists urge targeted businesses to do the heavy lifting for them, in spite of what the majority of companies and customers privately believe.

Thirty states have overwhelmingly voted to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.  Unfortunately AAA’s political stance no longer reflects that of it’s consumer base.  Instead, they are nudging societal consensus one notch further toward broken families and broken homes.

Over the past 7 or8 years that we’ve had AAA we’ve been pretty happy with it.  Our cars break down probably once a year and it is reassuring to know that if I have an emergency out driving alone, that I can always call someone for help.  However, with the new policy changes and the ripple effect changes like these have on societal acceptance, my family and I will be choosing our emergency auto coverage somewhere else (Check it out! It’s cheaper too!).

—Beetle Blogger

Want to have your say?  You can email AAA President Robert Darbelnet from the AFA website here.  If that doesn’t work, check out the competition:



  1. August 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Huh. Glad I saw this post before renewing! I’ll make a point of not only ignoring my renewal but also dropping Darbelnet a line to tell him why. Thanks for the tip!

  2. beetlebabee said,

    August 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I know exactly how you feel. I’m looking at my renewal right now. We just sent it in two weeks ago. I’m going to have to cancel. Too bad, but you know, there are other places out there that will give the same service for less anyway. Unfortunately for AAA, if they hadn’t given in to pressure from these groups, I wouldn’t have even researched alternatives. Vote with your dollars.

  3. August 5, 2009 at 4:50 am

    By threatening boycotts activists urge targeted businesses to do the heavy lifting for them, in spite of what the majority of companies and customers privately believe

    So you’ll be doing the exact same thing. Except you won’t, really. My mother works for AAA- most of those “competing” services take your phone call, and then call AAA to do the work.

  4. beetlebabee said,

    August 6, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I have no idea how this industry does its business, whether they network services or not, they’ll still be losing my business. If AAA can survive at half of the annual fee that the competition is serving out, I’d gladly cut their profit margin by that.

  5. penny for my thoughts said,

    August 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I understand people have strong opinions about these topics.. I would like to remind you that AAA is several no profit organizations that work together to provide service to members that are traveling out of their state. So please if you live outside the AAA South area pls contact your local office to see what their membership rules are. AAA Membership Follows the person not the car so even tho its 80 dollars it covers you and your husband in any car that u are in. I know that some AAA offices have made changes to the rules but it was to allow 2 adults in the house regardless of relationship to be on membership. They have had complaints from people like yourself to have like single mom and adult child on an account which before you couldnt and if two old sisters that never marry that live in the same house can be on one instead of having to pay two individual memberships. how is it they can allow 2 adults in a house to be on an account but if they say they are gay they are denied that to me isnt right. i know people dont think like i do but what does two people you will never meet have anything to do with you seriously. Everyone says that its a sin and they arent going to stand by but i remember in sunday school you shouldnt judge there is only one person that can judge and i hate to say it is none of us. I think its a good thing esp since it opens doors to a single mom that wished she could add her adult child to her membership thats in school or say you have to take care of your mom and u live in the house wouldnt you? I hope u also look at the actual plans for the competition cause i have and its not as good at all. when you look at the comp. pls ask how many calls you get per person and what the actual benefits are and then check out if they offer hotel discounts as good or even they offer discounts at Target. com or Lenscrafters. PLs check out and see if those plans let you get discounts there too. Allstate Motorclub lets you have 2 adults and a child for 52 but it says u get 3 service calls all together and they have in the provisions they dont have to come get you. AAA gives you 4 service calls per person which is 12. you go to the competition thats fine i understand feelings, but im keeping my AAA cause if i am having a bad year i want my service calls and i want my maps and i want my discounts.

  6. beetlebabee said,

    August 27, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Do you work for AAA?

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