Break the Chain Boycott Procter & Gamble?

Created 10/1/2004 (10/1/2004) Can the government protect the sanctity of marriage? Are gays a protected minority? Seems like these questions are on everybody's minds these days, and feelings are strong on both sides of the issue. It should come as no surprise, then, that when a huge corporation puts its support behind a political move, groups that oppose it would go after the company.

SAMPLE CHAIN LETTER TEXT

YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THIS ABOUT PROCTER & GAMBLE, SO WE INCLUDED THE PROOF!

Dear Tom,

Suppose I told you Procter & Gamble created and ran an ad that showed two men (in fuzzy focus at top center of the ad) in bed after an apparent sexual encounter.

Suppose I told you the ad showed clothing scattered across the floor like the two men were in a hurry to get undressed and get into the bed.

Suppose I told you the P&G; ad was captioned with these words: "You were more concerned with taking them off than folding them up." (In other words, the two men just could not wait to get into bed to have homosexual sex.)

Suppose the ad goes on to say that you can use Downy Wrinkle Release, a P&G; product, to unwrinkle your clothes left on the floor in your haste to get into bed.

Suppose I told you this ad, which leaves the impression that homosexual sex is normal, thrilling and exciting, was created by P&G; and run in a homosexual publication called Xtra.

I know you would have a hard time believing me. So see it for yourself. Click here to see the ad. If that link is no longer active, Click here .



There should be no doubt P&G is aggressively promoting the homosexual agenda. A company doesn't create and run an ad that leaves the impression that homosexual sex is thrilling and exciting unless they support the homosexual agenda.

It should come as no surprise when P&G supports homosexual marriage. This is the company that has aggressively come out in favor of repealing the law in Cincinnati which forbids giving homosexuals special rights, but at the same time has refused to support the Ohio Marriage Protection Amendment which defines marriage as being only between one man and one woman.

Remember, this is the company that said they "will not tolerate discrimination [against homosexuals] in any form, against anyone, for any reason." To keep homosexuals from being legally married is discrimination [for good reason] that P&G; says they will not tolerate.

American Family Association is asking individuals to:

(1) Boycott three products of P&G; - Crest toothpaste, Tide detergent, and Pampers diapers. (Make sure your replacement is not a P&G; product. Look on the back of the product.)

(2) Call Chairman A.G. Lafley at 513-983-1100 and politely let him know that you are participating in the boycott and will ask others to do the same.

(3) Click here to register your support for the boycott.

(4) Please forward this to your friends and family. They will have to see it to believe it, also.

(5) Click here to print out and distribute the boycott Crest, Tide and Pampers petition.

Sincerely,
Don
Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
American Family Association

END CHAIN LETTER TEXT

On Election Day (November 2) 2004, Cincinnati, Ohio, residents will have the opportunity to repeal a one-of-a-kind charter amendment denying homosexuals "special class status." Article XII of the city's charter, added in 1993, amended a human rights ordinance to remove sexual orientation as a protected characteristic. If repealed, homosexuals in Cincinnati would again have the same protections against discrimination as those whose race, gender, age, religion or disability makes them a minority.

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The move to repeal Article XII is being led by Citizens to Restore Fairness, and is supported by many Cincinnati-area organizations, including the Greater Cincinatti Chamber of Commerce, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Mayor's office, the Cincinnati Enquirer, approximately 60 local religious leaders and the majority of the City Council. Procter & Gamble Co. has made its home in Cincinnati since 1837 and has pledged $10,000 to the effort.

Two conservative advocacy groups, the American Family Association and Focus on the Family, have interpreted P&G's support of the repeal as that company's support of gay marriage. Each has called for its members and others to boycott some of P&G's hundreds of product brands (Tide laundry detergent, Crest toothpaste and Pampers diapers). P&G, however, has denied taking any position on the legal definition of marriage and maintains that their actions are to protect the city's economic viability. A spokesperson for P&G told Snopes.com: "Article 12 is bad economic policy that hinders the attraction and retention of employees, hurts Cincinnati's convention and hospitality business and creates an image of intolerance and an unwelcoming community." The boycott is likely to have little effect on P&G's position.

The fight over Cincinnati's Article XII could be a moot point, though, as Ohio is one of 11 states that have a statewide amendment to ban same-sex marriages on the ballot this year.

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References: Snopes.com, About.com, Citizens to Restore Fairness

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