J.C. Penney stands with Ellen, won't fire her as spokesperson after nearly 25,000 speak out

You did it!

In just 48 hours, nearly 25,000 people took a stand against anti-gay activists by telling J.C. Penney it made the right choice in picking Ellen DeGeneres as the company’s new spokesperson.

Now, despite anti-gay activists’ call for Ellen to be fired simply because she’s gay, J.C. Penney has announced to Yahoo! Shine and RumorFix.com that the retailer “stands behind its partnership” with Ellen!

But our job isn’t done yet. “One Million Moms,” a project of the American Family Association – an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group – is still at work trying to tell J.C. Penney that Ellen’s bad for business.

Let’s continue to thank J.C. Penney for standing by Ellen and let the retailer know Ellen’s the perfect choice. If you haven’t already, add your name to GLAAD’s #StandUpForEllen page and let’s turn 25,000 voices into thousands more!                                               

“This week Americans spoke out in overwhelming support of LGBT people and J.C. Penney’s decision not to fire Ellen simply for who she happens to love,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs and Communications at GLAAD. “But while Ellen has the nation on her side, in 29 states today, Americans can still be legally fired just for being gay. Our elected officials should use this incident as yet another example of the support for legal protections for all hard working employees.”

Blogs including Joe My God, Think Progress, Lez Get Real and Towleroad first broke the news about the American Family Association’s demands to fire Ellen and joined GLAAD in calling on community members and allies to thank J.C. Penney. In an overwhelming display of support, a poll on the Los Angeles Times site shows 94% of readers polled agree that Ellen should not only maintain her post as J.C. Penney’s spokesperson, but call Ellen “a symbol of equality.”