June 14, 1997 in Nation/World

Southern Baptists To Boycott Disney

Compiled From Wire Services

The Southern Baptists, whose 16 million members are the United States’ largest Protestant body, are expected next week to formally declare a boycott against the Walt Disney Co. to protest what they called “promotion of homosexuality.”

The Baptists, meeting Tuesday through Thursday in Dallas, are likely to approve a resolution urging churchgoers not to patronize the entertainment giant, church leaders say. They contend Disney ignored their warning last year of a boycott if the company continued “this anti-Christian and anti-family trend.”

Members of the conservative denomination are upset with the annual “Gay Day” at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and corporate policy by Burbank, Calif.-based Disney extending insurance benefits to companions of gay employees. Southern Baptists also criticized the Disney-owned ABC television network when the lead character in the “Ellen” sitcom came out as a lesbian.

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