Allstate and Gay Dads in Ad Under Attack by American Family Association
Despite the acclaim for Allstate’s sweet YouTube video featuring two gay dads and their baby daughter, the American Family Association is taking action against the sponsor and attacking the real-life family.
A message to AFA supporters labels one of the fathers a “male wife,” and a touching picture that appeared in The Advocate last month featuring the dads and their sleeping daughter was Photoshopped to add the words, “Allstate knows better than God?”
That’s part of a message sent to AFA followers about the ad, encouraging them to express disappointment about the promotional video, which is titled “Here’s to Firsts.” So far it’s been seen more than 1.6 million times.
That doesn’t sit well with the antigay organization the Southern Poverty Law Center lists among known extremist hate groups. The message to AFA's flock reads, “God has ordained that a traditional mother and father are the best for raising children. Allstate has abandoned God’s design for the family, and thus promotes a lifestyle that is not good for children.”
As Towleroad first reported, the AFA’s message to supporters attempts to insult the couple:
“With one man’s arm around his male ‘wife,’ one of them says about the child, ‘The second we held her, we knew that she was ours.’
“’We’re her dads,’ he exclaims.
“The Allstate promotion does not share the reality that this child will grow up without the nurture that only a mother can provide. Nor does Allstate recognize the emotional trauma and questions this child will endure growing up in a home with two men."
And even though overwhelming reputable research has clearly shown children of same-sex couples suffer no setbacks as a result of their parents' orientation, the AFA repeated its bigoted claim that the opposite is true:
“Studies predominantly show that children raised in homosexual environments tend to struggle emotionally more than their peers, are highly more susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse, and often suffer severe depression as young adults.”
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