The founder of TOMS, the charity-business that gives away a pair of shoe for every one sold, apologized Saturday to upset gay rights and feminist advocates for speaking at Focus on the Family.

Blake Mycoskie wrote on his blog that had he “known the full extent of Focus on the Family’s belief,” he would have declined the invitation to speak at FOTF’s “Feet On The Ground” event on June 30. He described the acceptance to speak at the event as an “oversight” and “one we chose poorly.”

“[L]et me clearly state that both TOMS, and I as the founder, are passionate believers in equal human and civil rights for all,” wrote Mycoskie. “That belief is a core value of the company and of which we are most proud.”

Christianity Today first reported that Mycoskie and FOTF were seemingly developing a relationship where the Colorado-based pro-family group might help TOMS in its charity distribution in Africa. Word quickly spread about this TOMS-FOTF potential partnership and the rumor that FOTF is a TOMS giving partner, which Mycoskie denies in his blog response.

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