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sided when Wildmon first went public with the
Some Ford dealers, including Jerry Reynolds,
owner of Prestige Ford in Garland, have met with
Wildmon, but it was unknown whether the deal-
ers could be among the Ford representatives
Wildmon was referring to as having made repre-
sentations about an agreement.
The dealers are known to be more nervous
about the potential for an association boycott of
the automaker. Dealers in the south and west,
where the association's influence is greatest,
could be particularly hard-hit at a time when Ford
sales are declining.
Calls to the American Family Association and
to Reynolds were not returned.
The letter asked that Ford reply in writing
since, according to Wildmon, "We can no longer
trust Ford to keep its verbal word."
The letter carried a statement across the bot-
tom that no additional comments would be made
"at this time."
Among the letter's more than 40 signers were
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research
Council: Dr. James Dobson, chairman of Focus
on the Family; Richard Land, president of the
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the
Southern Baptist Convention; Beverley LaHaye,
founder of Concerned Women for America; and
William G. Owens, president of the Coalition of
Church of Christ
Denomination's stance on gay
marriage was 'the straw that
broke the camel's back'
SUFFOLK, Va. — The United Church of
Christ's endorsement of same-sex marriage was-
n't the only disagreement Suffolk Christian
Church had with the national group.
"Although for a lot of people^ that was the
straw that broke the camel's back," said the Rev.
Michael D. Halley, minister of the 145-year-old
church, which agreed by more than a two-thirds
majority in the fall to leave the 1.3 million-mem-
The action was in response to the vote by the
UCCs General Synod, a biennial meeting of del-
egates from member churches, affirming "equal
marriage rights for couples regardless of gender."
Congregations also were asked to oppose cam-
paigns that advocate constitutional amendments
to limit marriage according to gender. Virginia is
among the states with such a campaign. If the
General Assembly votes again this year, as it did
last year, to ban same-sex civil unions, the meas-
ure could go before the state's voters as a consti-
tutional amendment this fall.
As many as 25 congregations within the
UCCs Southern Conference, which includes
eastern Virginia and all of North Carolina, have
left since the vote, said the Rev. Stephen Camp,
the conference's administrator. Six new congre-
gations have formed in the same period, leaving
the conference with about 230 total.
The synod does not dictate policy to member
churches and ministers are not required to pro-
vide marriage rites for gay couples.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 35, Ed. 1 Friday, January 13, 2006, newspaper, January 13, 2006; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238891/m1/19/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.