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GLAAD Applauded J.C. Penney for Standing by Ellen DeGeneres

February 04, 2012 03:22:23 GMT

J.C. Penney has chosen not to let go of DeGeneres as its spokeswoman despite demand from a conservative group, One Million Moms, to replace the comedienne with someone not openly gay.


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J.C. Penney has responded to One Million Moms (OMM)' campaign against the hiring of Ellen DeGeneres as its spokeswoman. A spokeswoman for the retail giant said in a statement released Friday, February 3 that it "stands behind its partnership" with the openly-gay comedienne, gaining applaud from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

GLAAD spokesman Herndon Graddick said in a statement, "This week Americans spoke out in overwhelming support of LGBT people and J.C. Penney's decision not to fire Ellen simply for who she happens to love." Since it launched its Stand Up For Ellen campaign in response to OMM's demand that Penney should fire DeGeneres, the anti-defamation organization has received more than 26,000 signatures.

"But while Ellen has the nation on her side, in 29 states today, Americans can still be legally fired just for being gay," Graddick continued to point out. "Our elected officials should use this incident as yet another example of the support for legal protections for all hard working employees."

OMM, a division of the American Family Association, previously slammed Penney for not being "neutral in the culture war" by hiring DeGeneres. The organization wrote on its site, "Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families. More sales will be lost than gained unless they replace their spokesperson quickly."

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posted by THERAINMAKER on Feb 05, 2012
An employer can just about fire anyone for no reason and an employee can quit for no reason. I do think that if one is gay it is private.........who needs to know......heterosexuals do not go around advertising that they are heterosexuals. In the end......no one really cares who the spokesperson for jc penny is...if their sales are great people will shop gay or heterosexual.
posted by cjris on Feb 04, 2012
That's just it nothing is private about it anymore. It went from being recognized to marriage adoption tax break visitation rights etc. While the minority thatgay represent are getting more and more rights same equal rights are being stripped away from American citizens.if you really want to share soup with everyone don't eat yours and spit in your neighbors.
posted by wldhrse on Feb 03, 2012
Who cares,you watch glee,the coach is gay,Elton John is gay,you people need to get a life.what these people do in their private lives is privite..what about you married people that have threesomes with two guys or two women..that makes you bi sexual..so that puts you in the same group....Damm you fools !!! Your gay too!!!!!

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