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Religious right boycotts Ford for advertising in gay publications

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Ford Motor Acknowledges Antigay Boycott

Gay Financial Network, June 15, 2006

Three months after antigay conservatives launched a boycott against Ford Motor Co. to protest the company's support of gay advocacy groups and advertising in gay-oriented publications, Ford last week acknowledged the boycott in an email to dealerships and urged them "to listen to every customer, correct any misinformation, and ask them to support Ford." Continue

Marketing comes out of the closet
Advertisers woo gays and lesbians in ways they never did before

By Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, June 25, 2006

As a gay man, Steven Bobb tries to patronize companies that support the gay and lesbian community by advertising in gay publications and during shows such as "The L Word" and "Queer as Folk." Bobb, a credit manager at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, still remembers having an "Oh wow, we finally made it to the mainstream" moment when Volkswagen and Ikea included male couples in some ads. Continue

Gay spending power is a particular theme, and a startling number of businesses are buying that siren-song.

Jessica Stollings, Focus on the Family, August 14, 2006

Large companies are trying to cash-in with tolerance policies, advertising campaigns and, now, networking conferences. The Reaching Out Conference is an example. Homosexual activists network with gay M.B.A. students; the goal being to promote the gay agenda within the business world. This conference is sponsored by corporate giants like IBM and Dell. Continue

Ford Boycott Leader: Homosexual Ties Taking Car Company Downhill

By Ed Thomas, AgapePress, July 7, 2006

The latest sales figures for Ford Motor Company continue the ongoing story of the company's declining bottom line -- a several-percentage-points drop in sales that the leader of a pro-family group ties in with a boycott and the economy. Continue

Gay Bell At The NYSE

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, June 30, 2006

(New York City) Like the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange will ring out for liberty today as Parents Families & Friends of Gays and Lesbians signal the wrap-up of the week on Wall Street. PFLAG was invited to ring the closing bell - an honor usually reserved for the heads of new companies being listed on the exchange and foreign dignitaries - by the directors of the NYSE.

It will mark the end of a day of lobbying exchange members about the growing reach of the buying power of GLBT Americans especially when coupled with the purchasing force of their families and friends. Continue

Telling "Wall Street"

Telling "Wall Street"

by JewsOnFirst, May 2006

Non-purchase of Ford cars because of homophobic sentiments is a hard behavior to measure. Who knows how many families had already decided not to buy a gas-guzzling US car?

This may be why the leader of the boycott against Ford, the American Family Association (AFA), is telling its followers to write the corporation and to phone their local Ford dealers to announce that they are boycotting the company.

The AFA also appears to be trying to jawbone down the price of Ford's stock by having its supporters write "straight to Wall Street informing them of the boycott."

Ford shares hit a 52-week low of $7.39 on March 3rd, right before the boycott. But the price has been bouncing around the $7 range since last fall. The company is suffering from globalization, legacy costs, and surging fuel prices.

This is the text of the click-and-send form letter the AFA put on its website in early April and included in an April 3rd email "Action Alert."

Dear Chairman [of the New York Stock Exchange]:

I want to alert you to the fact that more than 20 pro-family organizations, including American Family Association, are boycotting Ford Motor Company because of Ford's support for homosexual marriage.

You have a responsibility to inform your investors and shareholders of the Ford boycott, so that they can make informed decisions.

For more information on the boycott, go to BoycottFord.com.

You probably will want to alert your clients who hold Ford stock of this boycott.

On April 8th, the letter-writing activity was on the AFA website, but not on the BoycottFord website.

Ford Stock and Sales Going Down, Support for Homosexual Marriage Still Strong

The Church Report, April 19, 2006

American Family Association chairman Donald E. Wildmon, instigator of a religious right boycott against Ford, taunted the automaker for first-quarter losses and a drop in share prices. Click here for the article

JOF note: Analysts do not attribute Ford's difficulties to the religious right boycott. An April 21st analysis by the New York Times, for example, blamed the losses on charges related to restructuring (eliminating thousands of jobs and shutting factories to compete with cheaper-wage "global" competition). The Times linked the share price drop to investors' dissatisfaction with the extent and pace of the related cost-cutting. According to the paper, both Ford and GM are suffering from slow sales of SUVs due to rising gas prices.

Shareholder resolution

Ford Shareholders Overwhelmingly Vote For Gay Policy

by 365Gay.com, May 11, 2006

(Dearborn, Michigan) An attempt by a Ford shareholder to force the automaker to drop protections for LGBT workers from its human resources regulations was swiftly defeated on Thursday.

Shareholders at the company's annual meeting in Dearborn voted 95 percent to reject the proposal.

The motion had been submitted by shareholder Robert Hurley of Alton, Ill. Ford attempted to keep the issue off the agenda for today's meeting but Alton went to the Securities and Exchange Commission which ordered Ford to put it to a vote. Continue

Ford shareholders to weigh in on gays

PlanetOut Network, April 4, 2006

"DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. shareholders will decide whether to amend the company's equal employment policy to exclude sexual orientation after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission denied Ford's request to keep the issue off its proxy statement, the automaker said Tuesday." Continue

Ford shareholders to vote on homophobic resolution
Measure will come up for vote at Ford's May 11, 2006 annual meeting

Resolution 9, quoted verbatim from the Ford Motor Company Proxy Statement (Schedule 14-A), filed April 7, 2006

Click here for the text.

Ford Shareholders to Vote on 'Sexual Orientation' in Company Policy
Initiator of Ford Boycott Expects Automaker to Side With Homosexuals

Allie Martin and Jody Brown, Agape Press, April 5, 2006

Dr. Robert Hurley submitted a proposal recommending that Ford change its equal employment policy to remove any reference to sexual orientation at its upcoming stockholders meeting. This proposal comes as part of a one-year boycott instigated by American Family Associate founder Don Wildmon. Click here to read more.

Religious right boycott reinstated

43,000 Americans Send Boycott Notice to Ford

Church Report, May 12, 2006

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fl. (Christian Newswire) -- A petition signed by 42,981 people in support of a boycott of Ford Motor Company and its products was delivered to Ford today by the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, which sponsored the petition.

More than 20 prominent pro-family organizations have joined the yearlong boycott as a result of Ford Motor Company’s financial support of homosexual organizations, publications, and events. Continue

'Family' groups call for Ford boycott
Effort is retaliation for automaker's support for gay organizations

By Andrew Keegan, Washington Blade, March 13, 2006

More than a dozen conservative Christian organizations joined the American Family Association in announcing a one-year boycott of Ford Motor Co. over the company’s “financial support for homosexual groups that promote same-sex marriage.” Click here

AFA launches Ford boycott over advertising

USA Today, March 14, 2006

"DETROIT (Reuters) — A conservative Christian group has launched a boycott of Ford (F), saying the automaker had reneged on a pledge to drop its advertising in gay publications and support of gay rights groups." Click here for the report

Groups Crank Up One-Year Boycott of Ford Motor Co.

Allie Martin and Jody Brown, AgapePress, March 13, 2006

Led by American Family Association founder and chair, Don Wildmon, nineteen 'pro-family' groups are planning a one year boycott of Ford Motor Company. Wildmon claims that an agreement with Ford Motor Co. was breached after six months of negotiations. Wildmon claims that through by advertiszing in homosexual publications, Ford is supporting that life style." Click here to read more for the article.

Major Auto Manufacturer Supports Homosexual Rodeo, Activist Says
Christian Activist Outs Ford’s Connection with ‘Gay Rodeo’ Events

Mary Rettig, Agape Press, April 18, 2006

A Christian Activist, James Hartline, claims that Galpin Motors, a Ford dealership, supports the International Gay Rodeo Association. Click here for the article

Wal-Mart Ignores 'Brokeback Mountain' Pressure

365Gay.com, April 6, 2006

American Family Association has complemented its Ford boycott with a campaign against with WalMart over the selling of Brokeback Mountain DVDs. Click here

Divine Plight

Firms emboldened as Religious Boycott Power Slips

By Peter Lauria, The New York Post, May 7, 2006

Sony Pictures is releasing controversial Catholic-themed film "The DaVinci Code" at precisely the right time - when the increasingly frequent attempts of conservative Christian groups to demonize anything outside their beliefs has reached the point of diminishing returns. Continue

Antigay groups renew threat to Ford
They demand an end to ads, policies

By Kortney Stringer, Detroit Free Press, January 12, 2006

"The American Family Association, along with 41 other organizations nationwide, sent a letter to Chairman Bill Ford on Wednesday giving the automaker an ultimatum to stop supporting homosexual groups and pull its ads from gay publications or risk a massive boycott of Ford products by the conservative Christian group." Click here to read the report.

Family advocates to Ford: Stop funding 'gay' agenda
42 groups ask carmaker to honor pledge to stop supporting homosexual activists

WorldNetDaily, January 11, 2006

In this article about a letter that religious right organizations have sent Ford Motor Co., asking it to stop advertising in gay publications, WorldNetDaily quoted an apparent threat to boycott Ford dealers by the leader of the American Family Association, which has spearheaded the attack on the company. "'After meeting with seven homosexual leaders and without any input from thousands of their dealers who stand to be adversely affected by Ford's decision, Ford made their decision to renege on actions they told AFA they would take,' said Don Wildmon, AFA chairman. 'Ford's support for these groups pushing homosexual marriage can only hurt dealers across the country. Why would Ford put the interests of seven homosexual groups ahead of the interests of all their dealers? Simply because Ford considers seven homosexual leaders more important than thousands of their dealers.'" Click here for the article.

COLLECTION: Ford Motor Co. resumes advertising in gay publications
Religious right groups had convinced auto maker to pull ads

Including reports and/or statements from: Washington Post, December 7, 2005; The Advocate, December 15, 2005; The American Family Association, December 15, 2005; Family News in Focus, December 7, 2005

In early December 2005 major newspapers reported that the Ford Motor Company had yielded to pressure from Christian fundamentalist organizations and stopped advertising its cars in gay publications. A week later, Ford officials met with representatives of gay organizations and reversed the decision. Click here to read the collection.

Anti-Gay Group Launches Ford Boycott

By Doreen Brandt, 365Gay.com, May 31, 2005

"(Washington) The conservative Christian group America Family Association launched a nationwide boycott of Ford Motor Company on Tuesday over the automaker's support for LGBT issues. The announcement of the boycott came two weeks after AFA began a similar action against Kraft Foods - stopping just short of calling for a full boycott -for sponsoring the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago." Click here for the report.