Posts Tagged ‘Gay’

P&G Asks Customers to Weigh in on Gay Kiss

April 29, 2008

From AdAge BATAVIA, Ohio ( By Jack Neff Published: April 29, 2008 click to read moresee related post —P&G Lets Consumers Act as Media Planners Asks Customers to Weight in on Gay Kissing and Hip-Hop Programming     The nation’s largest advertiser is inviting consumers to weigh in on its controversial media decisions.     Last week, Procter & Gamble set up an option on its main consumer toll-free line in response to a drive from a coalition, dubbed Enough Is Enough, that was urging the company to stop sponsoring hip-hop programs on MTV and BET laced with profanity, liberal doses of the “N word,” and scenes the group believes degrade and objectify women.     This week, P&G set up a second toll-free option asking callers to register support or criticism of the “story line” on “As the World Turns,” from P&G Productions, which featured fairly passionate kisses between daytime TV’s only gay couple.     Not just one group weighing in While it’s natural to expect complaints to outnumber support on such lines, that may not necessarily be the case. The American Family Association, which asked people to call P&G to protest the gay kissing scene, isn’t the only one weighing in on Luke and Noah’s love life.

Procter & Gamble Takes Heat for Same-Sex Storyline on ‘As the World Turns’

April 27, 2008

A kiss between two characters on the soap opera 'As the World Turns' was called 'repulsive' in an e-mail from the American Family Association's founder and chairman, Donald Wildmon.From BATAVIA, Ohio By Jack Neff Published: April 25, 2008 click to read more– When it comes to gay kissing and soap operas, you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.     Just ask Procter & Gamble Co., though its long-lagging soap opera “As the World Turns” just may be benefiting from the controversy.     Conservative Group Fired Up Over Gay Kiss on TV A kiss between two characters on the soap opera ‘As the World Turns’ was called ‘repulsive’ in an e-mail from the American Family Association’s founder and chairman, Donald Wildmon.
Photo Credit: CBS.     After being criticized for months for not allowing a gay couple on “As the World Turns” to kiss on camera, Procter & Gamble Productions finally allowed them to do so April 23. Now, P&G is being attacked by the American Family Association, whose founder and chairman, Donald Wildmon, this morning sent an e-mail message titled “Procter & Gamble promotes explicit open-mouth homosexual kissing” and asking his followers to bombard the company with complaints.     First criticized for lack of kissing     Two gay characters on the soap opera first kissed last year on air. But it had been nearly seven months since they had last kissed, which had become the subject of fairly persistent blog chatter criticizing P&G Productions for treating them differently than it has numerous heterosexual couples.     The upside for P&G Productions: At least some people have been watching closely for that next kiss.     The blog noted April 23 that it had been 211 days, 14 hours, 45 minutes and 45 seconds since gay teen characters Luke Snyder (played by Van Hansis) and Noah Mayer (Jake Silberman) had kissed.     The pair, termed “Nuke” by some fans, is the only gay couple currently on daytime TV. They last kissed Sept. 26, but subsequent encounters met with “interruptions and pan-aways whenever it seemed like the gay teens might kiss,” according to AfterElton.     “The CBS soap opera caught viewers off guard with surprisingly steamy kisses between the two,” the blog noted. That punctuated a lengthy online protest, which had generated more than 12,000 blog postings per a Google search.

Lesbian couple with child ‘a de facto family’

April 17, 2008

Posted on THe Irish Times by CAROL COULTER and MARY CAROLAN April 17 2008  THE HIGH Court has ruled that a lesbian couple living together in a long-term committed relationship with a child can be regarded as a de facto family enjoying rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.     In a judgment that will have an impact on the debate about legislating for same-sex couples, Mr Justice John Hedigan has said that the best interests of a child lay in remaining with his mother and her female partner, denying guardianship and access rights to the child’s biological father, who donated the sperm to the mother.     Legislation to protect the rights of cohabiting couples, including those of the same sex, is due to be published soon.     The father, a gay friend of the couple, yesterday lost his High Court bid for guardianship and access rights. It is believed he will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. Read more.