Focus on the Family Leads Boycott

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Two well-known conservative groups, including one based in Colorado, say they hope to extend an election-related boycott of the Procter and Gamble Company indefinitely.

Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family, and a Mississippi organization, say P&G is too supportive of gay rights.

They want consumers to stop buying Crest, Tide, Pampers, and other products manufactured by Procter and Gamble.

The American Family Association claims more than 287,000 people have signed onto the boycott since the campaign began last month.

The boycott was sparked by P&G's support of a campaign to repeal Cincinnati, Ohio's Article 12. That 1993 amendment to the city's charter prohibits gay-rights laws.

A Procter and Gamble executive is on leave from his position while he runs the repeal campaign. Spokesman Doug Shelton says the company has also donated $40,000 dollars to the effort. Voters will decide the issue next Tuesday.

Cincinnati's mayor, the Chamber of Commerce, the local Roman Catholic archbishop and major corporations including Federated Department Stores have all come out in support of repealing Article 12.

They say the only ban of its kind in the nation has tarnished Cincinnati's image and driven away business.

Focus on the Family's vice president for public policy, Tom Minnery, says the boycott is worthwhile even if it doesn't inflict serious financial damage.