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Heather Spohr is a writer and philanthropist who writes at the blog The Spohrs Are Multiplying. She is a top fundraiser for the March of Dimes and the President and Co-Founder of Friends Of Maddie, a charitable organization that supports the families of critically ill babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. She has spoken at numerous conferences, on CNN, and before members of Congress.

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One Mom For Gay Rights

By Heather Spohr |

By now you have likely heard about One Million Moms, the group that called on JCPenney to rescind its endorsement deal with Ellen DeGeneres for no other reason than the fact that she is gay. Ellen is a clean comedian, a kind and generous person, and a champion of many different charities, but this group reduced her to just one thing – a homosexual.

I, like many people, was very upset this, not only because it shows how deep bigotry toward homosexuals runs in this country, but because I care very much about another person who is kind, generous, and an all around great person who deserves better than to be persecuted for his sexuality – my twin brother.

Growing up my brother was important to me – a playmate, best friend, and support, but people like those in One Million Moms would see none of that, only that he is gay.

after school

Now he is important to my daughters, too. Kyle adored and doted on Madeline, while Annabel thinks he hung the moon, but people like those in OMM would see none of that, only that he is gay.

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Maddie & Uncle Kyle

JC Penney chose to keep their endorsement deal with Ellen, and there was a suggestion for people to show their solidarity with this decision by going to a JCPenney store last weekend and buying something. Liking this idea, I headed down to our local JCPenny with my husband, cousin, daughter, and brother.

shopping with Uncle Kyle

shopping at JC Penney

Spending money at JCPenny this weekend may not seem huge in the scheme of things, but as far as gestures go it matters. As a parent, I want to teach Annabel that it is important to stand up for what is right, and that no action is too small. She’s only two years old, so she can’t join me in most of the other things I do for gay rights, so taking her shopping at JCPenney wasn’t an opportunity I was going to pass up.

I want my children to be able to look back in twenty years, when things have changed for better, and see that we did everything we could to gain equal rights for all.

I also want Kyle to know that I see him as a friend, brother, uncle, expert Scrabble player, possessor of a wry sense of humor, and a billion other things. He loves passionately and with all his heart. One Million Moms would see none of that, and that is their true misfortune.


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Heather Spohr is a writer and philanthropist who writes at the blog The Spohrs Are Multiplying. She is a top fundraiser for the March of Dimes and the President and Co-Founder of Friends Of Maddie, a charitable organization that supports families of critically ill babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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10 thoughts on “One Mom For Gay Rights

  1. [...] go shopping in support of the comedian … and then reported that they’d done it. Here are a few blog posts as [...]

  2. Momma Lioness Michele says:

    Beautifully written. As a sister of a gay man, I thank you for writing this. I am embarrassed and annoyed, as a Mother, to hear that this group calls themselves One Million Moms. They should be ashamed of themselves. I, too, consider myself One Mom for Gay Rights.

  3. Christina says:

    It terrifies me to think there are 1 million + potential children being taught hate and how not to accept someone, even though rumor has it 1MM is only about 80k strong.
    I also find it absurd how out of touch they are with current events to comment under their “cause” that her spokesmanship would not draw in the families of America as JC Penney hoped. Well, gee, I guess her talkshow is a well kept secret. I believe her show is watched and supported by millionS and the majority are parents at home with children. I wonder how one “sells” homosexuality through being a spokesman of a store but not on their own TV show?

  4. LizL says:

    You know what though, Christina, I heard that there was only like 20,000 Moms. Still 20,000 too many in my opinion.

  5. Angel says:

    One (more) Mom for Gay Rights here! The other day there was a male couple that kissed on television and I must say I was proud that the only thing out of my 5 year old son’s mouth was, “They love each other.” My heart smiled.

  6. Nanette says:

    Here, here, Heather! Right there with ya!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Exactly Heather! I remember the post you wrote on your blog about Prop 8. It is absolutely reprehensible that in 2012 there are still people in the world who cannot just accept others the way they are!

    I applaud JCPenney for making the right decision and keeping Ellen as their spokesperson.

  8. Sebastian says:

    So touching and beautifully written. I wish every mother could see the world the way you do.

  9. TamaraL says:

    Who could hate on Ellen for any reason?? OMM’s suck! GO JCP!!

  10. Sara T. says:

    I am playing catch up on all things internet related, and just saw this. I feel much better knowing that over the last two weeks, I’ve made several purchases at JCPenney.

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