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American Family Association Suspends Ford Boycott

Date: 
June 06, 2005

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The American Family Association (AFA) announced today that it has suspended its boycott of Ford Motor Company, until at least Dec. 1, 2005. AFA launched the boycott on May 31 to protest Ford donating money to gay rights organizations, advertising in gay-oriented publications and said Ford was "redefining the definition of the family to include homosexual marriage."

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"In less than one week, the American Family Association (AFA) capitulated and suspended its boycott of Ford Motor Company. It's abundantly clear that AFA heard — loud and clear — from Ford dealers that they thought the boycott was a stupid idea.

"You'd think AFA would have learned something from the flop of its nine-year boycott of Disney, which it had to suspend on May 24. The central demands of that boycott were that Disney stop extending domestic partner benefits and ban the annual Gay Days celebration. Disney refused, continued to support gay causes, and the 16th annual Gay Days celebration ended yesterday, having attracted more than 150,000 participants."

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