Christian Group Starts Petition Over Allstate Insurance Ad Featuring Gay Parents (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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The American Family Association (AFA), a Christian activist organization, is upset about an Allstate Insurance advertisement that shows two gay men recalling how they adopted a baby girl in 2015 (video below).

The AFA notes on its website that Allstate's video "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."

The AFA goes on to say that "studies" have shown that kids who are raised in same-sex households tend to suffer a variety of problems including drug and alcohol abuse, and "severe depression as young adults."

The AFA links to a study posted on the website of the Family Research Council (FRC), an anti-gay, conservative Christian activist group much like the AFA.

The study on the FRC website was done by Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas.

The study was originally published in 2012 by the Social Science Research journal, but the journal had the study audited and found numerous flaws, reported The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2015, New York Magazine published a lengthy article about how the study was "debunked."

The AFA doesn't mention those problems on its website, but adds, "Allstate has abandoned God's design for the family, and thus promotes a lifestyle that is not good for children."

The AFA then calls on people to sign their online petition "urging Allstate to stop its promotion of normalizing homosexual parenting when children's welfare is at stake."

The AFA also tells Allstate customers to contact their local insurance broker and complain.

Sources: American Family Association, The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Magazine, Family Research Council

Photo Credit: Allstate Insurance Screenshot