Gay dads Cooper Smith and Todd Koch
said Tuesday that response from their JCPenney Father's Day ad has
been overwhelmingly positive.
The Texas couple appeared with their
children, Mason and Claire, on Dallas-Fort Worth station WFAA.com
The group One Million Moms, which is
closely associated with the Christian conservative group American
Family Association (AFA), criticized JCPenney for including the real
life couple and their children in a Father's Day ad.
“One Million Moms (OMM) is disturbed
that JCPenney's (JCP) is continuing down the same path of promoting
sin in their advertisements,” the
group wrote on its blog.
The copy of the ad, titled First
Pals, reads: “What makes Dad so cool? He's the swim coach,
tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver – all rolled into
one. Or two.”
Smith said the ad “just reflects our
life. We care about the exact same things any parents care about.
Are our kids safe, are they happy, are they getting to school on time
and have they eaten lunch yet.” (The video is embedded in the
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