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In 2015, the religious right astroturf group One Million Moms called for a boycott of American Girl magazine for featuring a gay couple and their adopted children. The family fired back, but their 11-year-old daughter stole the spotlight with six words.
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“Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature,” the group sent to followers and posted online. “American Girl doesn’t highlight other sins in their magazine.”
The organization is a project of the anti-LGBTQ hate group American Family Association (AFA). The group’s “president” is the only member. She is also an employee of the AFA.
“These were moms!” Rob Scheer told local news. “These were moms that were saying that my family was wrong, that the love that my husband and I are giving our four kids and what we’re doing was wrong. I would expect moms not to say these type of things about our family.”
He also pointed out that if “these are a ‘million moms,’ they could really be helping the 364,000 kids in foster care. This is our family and it works for us. And you know what? We have four amazing kids that we adopted out of foster care. These are four kids that have fulfilled our life more than we ever thought.”
He had a special message for One Million Moms, too: “To the Million Moms, I say to them: ‘You know what? Go to your local foster care agency, those kids could really use your help and not worry about the Sheer family.’”
Their eleven-year-old daughter, Amaya, had a message for One Million Moms as well: “This is none of your business.”