One Million Moms Group
Published: June 1, 2012
One Million Moms Group, Dallas couple Todd Koch and Cooper Smith and their two children are featured in the June edition of J.C. Penney’s catalog.
Smith said he was asked by a casting agent in Dallas in early February to be in the Father’s Day issue after the agent saw his family’s Christmas photo on Facebook.
They agreed and did a photo shoot in Addison shortly afterward. He said the picture is very natural with the kids, Mason, almost 3, and Claire, 3, running around and having a fun time.
“The photo is just a one-second photo of our life,” Smith said. “It’s a candid moment of how we interact with each other.”
The ad features Koch and Smith in a relaxed home setting playing with their two children under the words “First Pals.” The text reads, “What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver – all rolled into one. Or two.” The text at the bottom right-hand corner reads, “Real-life dads, Todd Koch and Cooper Smith with their children Claire and Mason.”
Smith said the agents were seeking a variety of families for the issue, but they are the only g*y family featured.
“They were just trying to present a wholesome g*y family and I guess we fit the bill for that,” he said. “They’re really trying to represent what America looks like, and that’s not just heteroS-EX-ual white people.”
The company’s inclusion of a l***ian couple with their daughters and one of the women’s mothers in the May issue sparked the anti-g*y hate group One Million Moms to reactivate a boycott of the store. The unsuccessful boycott had been dropped in March after J.C. Penney stood firmly behind its hiring of l***ian comedian Ellen DeGeneres as a company spokeswoman. (Dallas Voice)
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