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Monday, July 05, 2004

Ad Banned for Being Offensive to Homosexuals
By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor, PA News

An advert for supermarket chain Somerfield has been banned for using the word faggots.

It featured a husband complaining that his wife served up the same meals every week.

When she told him it was Friday so he was getting his usual faggots, he replied: “I’ve nothing against faggots, I just don’t fancy them.”

Three listeners complained to media watchdog Ofcom about the radio ad, saying faggots alluded to homosexuals.


YMCA defines ‘couple’
Rebekah Danaher
Star Staff Intern

The Durham YMCA’s refusal to allow same-sex couples family discount memberships prompted Duke University to prematurely end its promotional contract with the YMCA.

That contract will be terminated on Aug. 27, a month before the scheduled expiration date, because the YMCA will not recognize Duke employees in same-sex relationships as eligible for their family plan.

The controversy brings to light the issue of same-sex couples and their eligibility for family discounts at YMCAs across the state.

Cameron Corder, CEO of Cleveland County Family YMCA, said membership guidelines are left up to each individual branch of the YMCA corporation.


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