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  • Tuesday, December 06, 2005

    Ford caves in to right-wing homophobia

    From American Progress.

    Ford Motor Company has announced that "it will cut back on advertising in gay-oriented publications" after the right-wing American Family Association (AFA) threatened a boycott of the company for Ford's "track record for supporting the homosexual agenda." In the past, Ford received praise from gay rights organizations, promoting LGBT workplace diversity and donating to gay causes, including the Human Rights Campaign. While Jaguar and Land Rover ads will be pulled from gay publications, a Ford spokesperson could not confirm whether donations to LGBT organizations will continue. AFA chairman, Donald E. Wildmon, was pleased with Ford's decision: "They've heard our concerns," he said. "They are acting on our concerns." The right-wing Christian organization, Focus on the Family, was less successful in convincing its banker, Wells Fargo, to change its agenda. Focus has fired Wells Fargo after the banking company's decision to make a matching grant to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

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