‘Pro-family’ group One Million Moms are encouraging parents to boycott Mattel-owned American Girl magazine, after it featured an article on foster care – where the daughter was adopted by two gay dads.
Amaya, the 11-year-old interviewed in the feature, makes care packages for other children in foster care along with her dad, who was also in foster care when he was younger.
The article, described by One Million Moms as ‘promoting sin’, explains how the family come together to make blankets for less advantaged children, as well as sharing Amaya’s experience of being adopted into a happy home.
One Million Moms, an online project launched by the American Family Association, is now encouraging parents to boycott the magazine – or even unsubscribe from the publication altogether if they receive it in the mail.
‘On pages 28-31 of the magazine is an article titled “Forever Family” about adoption from foster care, which would have been wonderful if they had not decided to include a large picture of a girl with her two dads, Daddy and Dada, and three other adopted children,’ they explained on their website.
The group explained that while they support adoption, as a result of its appearance in the Bible in Psalm 82:3, they would have preferred if the magazine had chosen another child to write about.
‘American Girl is attempting to desensitize our youth by featuring a family with two dads,’ they said.
‘If your child has not seen this yet, then be careful she is not exposed and can avoid a premature conversation she is far too young to understand.’
Rob Scheer, Amaya’s father, said he was saddened to see the reaction.
‘How could somebody hate us so much in their heart by looking at our kids?’ he said, speaking to the Washington Post.
Apart from being featured in photograph, nowhere in the article does it mention the fact that Amaya’s parents are male; Scheer explained One Million Moms have missed the point, and that the article is not ‘about two gay men’.
‘It’s about kids in foster care that are carrying trash bags with their belongings,’ he said. ‘That’s not acceptable.’
Gay Star News has approached the American Family Association for comment.