Cars and Politics, Part 46

June 1, 2005
The course of politics in the auto industry never did go smoothly. Never mind the quadrennial fights over CAFE rules and crash safety--even at the human-resources level, the automakers routinely deal with outsiders trying to meddle in their corporate affairs.

The latest load of crap comes from the American Family Association, led by the Rev. Donald Wildmon. On Tuesday, the Detroit News reports, the group began urging its members to boycott Ford products (including Volvo, Mazda, Jaguar, etc.) because the company provides same-sex benefits for its workforce. Chrysler and GM do as well, for the record, the paper writes.

But Ford's policies in particular have done something to irk Wildmon, who's also tried to lead boycotts of Disney World and its annual Gay Days celebrations. "From redefining family to include homosexual marriage, to giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to support homosexual groups and their agenda, to forcing managers to attend diversity training on how to promote the acceptance of homosexuality... Ford leads the way," Wildmon said in a release.
Ford is the automaker scoring the best in a survey from the Human Rights Coalition, a gay/lesbian/bi/trans rights group.

There's a thin argument that Ford's benefits put more cost into each vehicle, making it slightly more expensive than if the same-sex benefits were not offered. But does anyone really believe those costs are higher than providing full medical coverage for entire UAW families?

We're willing to bet in this case that Wildmon's efforts will end up in the same place as his Disney diatribes - in history's gutter.

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