Christian group ends Ford boycott

March 12, 2008 at 10:18 PM
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DETROIT, March 12 (UPI) -- The American Family Association says it has ended its boycott of Ford Motor Co. over its advertising in gay and lesbian publications.

The conservative Christian organization, based in Tupelo, Miss., had called for a boycott two years ago to protest the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker's "support of the homosexual agenda," The Detroit News reported Wednesday.

The association said it was suspending the boycott because Ford was once again complying with an earlier agreement to suspend advertising in gay and lesbian publications and stop sponsoring gay and lesbian events.

"A few minor issues remain, and we will continue to bring these to the attention of Ford. But basically Ford has met the terms of the agreement. We are therefore suspending the boycott," said AFA chairman and founder Donald Wildmon in a letter to members Tuesday.

But Ford says it has reduced its advertising expenditures across the board amid financial pressures.

"The AFA has made its decision and is ready to move on. Our principles have not changed," Ford said in a statement. "Ford will continue to market its products widely to attract as many customers as possible and make charitable contributions to strengthen communities to the extent business conditions allow."

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