JC Penney ad features same-sex married couple and their kids; Gay pastor loses half of his congregation
JC Penney has launched a Father’s Day ad featuring a same-sex gay couple and their two children. The ad copy reads: “real-life dads Todd Koch and Cooper Smith with their children, Claire and Mason.”
The gay marriage-friendly campaign comes on the heels of President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage earlier this month — a move some critics believe was politically motivated.
A week after Obama’s surprise announcement, the national media went into overdrive promoting same-sex marriage in all platforms. Some media outlets announced recent polls showing support for gay marriage steadily increasingly among the black community.
But the fact remains that in the 32 states where same-sex marriage is banned by law, blacks were the major contributing factor against gay marriage.
Blacks who fear that the traditional family is under attack in America believe that children need both a mother and a father.
Despite the misleading headlines proclaiming black support for gay marriage is evolving, a St. Paul church is on the brink of closing after losing more than half of its congregation when their pastor announced his support of gay marriage.
The Rev. Oliver White, 69, has no regrets that his strong support of same-sex marriage set off a stampede from his church. Grace Community United Church of Christ, the only UCC church in Minnesota with a predominantly black congregation, needs $200,000 by June 30 to pay off a loan or it will be forced to close.
The church’s problems began in 2005 when the Rev. White attended a UCC conference in Atlanta where he voted with a majority of delegates in favor of a resolution supporting gay marriage
“I was really in shock,” said Pastor White, who is gay. “I visited one member after another, who told me they weren’t coming back because of it. The membership evaporated right before my eyes. Their fundamental belief was it’s wrong for a man and a man to marry or a woman and a woman to marry. A lot of them said if I change, they’d come back. But I told them, it is what it is. I am who I am. And this is what I fight for.”
“I think he was offended because we abruptly left,” said Pastor Donald Keith. “Pastors have a responsibility to teach the Bible truth. We have no right to distort what the Bible has to say. We didn’t want to support him at all if that’s the way he believed,” said Keith whose wife also left the church.
“When he came out and definitely said homosexuality was not a sin, we said ‘Whoa, this is a pastor,” said Keith. “How is he calling himself ‘reverend’? It’s not compatible with what the Bible teaches.”
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Photos: JC Penney, Chicago Tribune