Cooper Smith Koch will remember this year's Father's Day. Koch is one of the fathers featured in a JC Penney ad that has Koch, his husband, and their two children.
At Huffington Post, Koch has a short essay describing the reaction he and his family have received ever since the ad's publication.
'While we had no hesitation in doing the ad itself, we initially girded ourselves for a negative backlash against our family personally,' Koch writes. 'To our surprise, the response has been overwhelmingly positive -- shockingly positive, in fact! We've received hundreds of emails, Facebook posts, Twitter comments, and cards in the mail from everyone from long-lost friends and classmates to complete strangers in remote parts of the United States and beyond, each filled with heartfelt sentiments of support and acceptance.'
The father acknowledged the displeasure of One Million Moms. The group, an arm of the American Family Association, promised a boycott of the retailer.
We must remain diligent and stand up for Biblical values and truth,' the group said on its web site. 'Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature.'
Koch maintained that 'some of the best sentiments' were from straight mothers and fathers promising to make special trips to JC Penney stores to counter OMM.