Tell the NCAA: No Focus on the Family Ads
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NCAA Public Relations
Associate Director of Public and Media Relations
Stacey Osburn

Tell the NCAA: No Focus on the Family Ads

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

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February 2010

Victory

The NCAA said that they've pulled the Focus ads after many, many folks expressed disgust.

An NCAA spokesperson said: "Focus on the Family did have a banner ad on NCAA.com. Today, it was decided to remove the ad from the website as a result of concerns expressed by our membership."

Thank you to everyone who signed this petition and helped spread the word!

UPDATE: The NCAA has confirmed that they've removed the Focus on the Family ads after receiving complaints. For an updated post on this, please click here.

Does the National Collegiate Athletic Association believe that gay people are perverted, that same-sex marriage threatens the health of civilization, and that gay and lesbian parents shouldn't be allowed to raise children? They seem to be saying yes, given that they're accepting advertisements from Focus on the Family, the right-wing religious organization that has said all of these things, and regularly works to take away rights from gays and lesbians.

Focus on the Family likes to talk about building a stronger family structure, or celebrating life. But their work for the past several decades has demonized gays and lesbians -- calling them evil, unnatural, and sick -- and has consisted of fighting hard to scale back a woman's right to choose, the right to marry for gay and lesbian people, and even the right to adopt children for parents who might be gay or lesbian. Is this the type of organization that the NCAA wants to be promoting on their Web site?

Tell the NCAA to stop promoting an organization that for decades has caused real hurt and pain in the LGBT population, and an organization that still prides itself on working to take away the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans.

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