Ellen DeGeneres publicly responded to the conservative American Family Association’s “One Million Moms” project Wednesday, after it complained about JCPenney’s choice of the lesbian talk show host as its new spokesperson.
DeGeneres’ response came on her television show, coincidentally on the same day California’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down by a federal appeals court. (RELATED: Full coverage of Ellen DeGeneres)
“This organization doesn’t think that I should be the spokesperson because I’m gay,” DeGeneres said, according to The Washington Post. “I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people they way you want to be treated and helping those in need.”
“By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon,” One Million Moms had said on its website, “JC Penney is attempting to gain a new target market and in the process will lose customers with traditional values that have been faithful to them over all these years.”
JCPenney stood up for Degeneres, saying in a statement that the retail chain “stand[s] behind the partnership.”