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Outspoken: Jason Alexander, JC Penney, Queen Latifah and more…

“As JC Penney focuses on becoming America’s favorite store, we want to be a store for all Americans. In celebration of Father’s Day, we’re proud that our June book honors men from diverse backgrounds who all share the joy of fatherhood.”

Joey Thomas, JC Penney media relations manager, on the inclusion of two gay dads in the department store’s new catalog. JC Penney previously outraged anti-gay groups by selecting Ellen DeGeneres  as its new spokesperson and featuring a lesbian couple in its May catalog. (, June 3)

“’Truth’ is our small chance to ask that you try and understand someone who lives their life in a way that is a little bit different from yours, even though all of our hearts are the same. We want to stop the hate and find understanding.”

— Music star Janet Jackson on why she is serving as executive director for “Truth,” a documentary about transgender people and their fight for equality. (, June 4)

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[Video] JC Penney ad dads react to viral fame

JC Penney dads

Todd Koch, Cooper Smith and the North Texas couple's children were on a local Dallas news program yesterday to talk about their family's ad in the June catalog for clothing retailer JC Penney.

The pro-gay Father's Day ad renewed calls for boycott from conservative Christian group One Million Moms, who also organized an unsuccessful boycott after the retailer hired out funny woman Ellen DeGeneres to be a spokesperson earlier this year.

Some have wondered if OMM is not a JC Penney conspiracy, meant to drive up sales. Well, maybe just Keanu Reeves.

Check out the segment below. Spoiler warning, it's seriously cute:

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One Million Moms disappears from Facebook

One Million Moms

It seems a targeted campaign to have One Million Moms removed from social networking site Facebook because of “hate speech” was a success. Either that, or the anti-gay group was so tired of reading pro-gay posts on its Facebook page that it voluntarily removed itself from the site.

As of this weekend, the group's Facebook page is no longer active. Links on the organization's website still direct to Facebook, only there's nothing there. Poof! Just like that, it's gone.

OMM calls itself “a network of Christian moms and grandmothers taking a stand for our children who are being exploited by the entertainment industry.” They lead a boycott charge against JC Penney over its decision to hire openly-gay Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson. They weren't too happy when the retailer included a happily married gay couple in its Father's Day catalog either. Oh, and don't get them started on the gay Green Lantern.

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East Side Pride organizes Atlanta JC Penney ‘buy-cott’ to support Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

East Side Pride is organizing a JC Penney “buy-cott” to show support for the retailer's decision to stand by new spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres.

On Feb. 18, East Side Pride will meet at the Northlake Mall JC Penney from 3-6 p.m. to “shop until you drop” to support the retailer.

An anti-gay group called One Million Moms created a campaign to have DeGeneres fired from her new role and threatened to boycott the retailer until DeGeneres was gone. JC Penney stood by DeGeneres.