The National Post has offered a thorough apology for running an offensive anti-transgender, anti-gay ad bought by the Institute for Canadian Values and will offer proceeds from the ad to an LGBT rights organization:
Where the ad exceeded the bounds of civil discourse was in its tone and manipulative use of a picture of a young girl; in the suggestion that such teaching “corrupts” children, with everything that such a charge implies; and in its singling out of groups of people with whose sexuality the group disagrees.
The fact that we will not be publishing this ad again represents a recognition on our part that publishing it in the first place was a mistake. The National Post would like to apologize unreservedly to anyone who was offended by it. We will be taking steps to ensure that in future our procedures for vetting the content of advertising will be strictly adhered to.
The National Organization for Marriage mentioned the apology on its blog today, quipping, “Since when does a national magazine have to apologize and make amends for publishing a pro-family ad?”