Don't Attack DeGeneres for Being Lesbian?; Monday

By Kochakian, Charles | New Haven Register (New Haven, CT), February 11, 2012 | Go to article overview

Don't Attack DeGeneres for Being Lesbian?; Monday


Kochakian, Charles, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


EVERY Halloween, New York City residents are greeted by homosexual parade marchers with a message that "gay is good." Some folks take the parade in stride, some are offended by outrageous dress, and others simply don't care.

That parade is a microcosm of how Americans generally feel about gay activism. Those who oppose the in-your-face tactics of some have a legitimate gripe. They want to be left alone. They don't want to see explicit displays in public.

Enter JCPenney. The Texas-based department store hired Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman. That is royally teeing off a group called "One Million Moms." On its website, it is calling for JCPenney to replace DeGeneres "immediately, and remain neutral in the culture war."

It goes on to say DeGeneres is not a "true representative" of families that shop at JCPenney.

I sympathize with folks not wanting to deal with homosexuality, but I think One Million Moms is wrong. DeGeneres is an American. She has committed no crime. If she wants to promote gay rights, that is her constitutional right. She should not be dismissed from anything.

But the angry group has rights, too. Its members don't have to shop at JCPenney, and they are doing nothing wrong by making their disenchantment known. …

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