‘Glorifying Sin’? Popular Jewelry Chain Spotlights Lesbian ‘Wedding’ in New Ad

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IRVING, Tex. – Proponents of biblical marriage are sharply criticizing the nation’s largest jewelry store chain for creating a video advertisement that prominently features two lesbians on their “wedding” day.

Zales is a popular jewelry company headquartered in Texas. According to a 2012 report from “National Jeweler,” Zales’s parent company Zale Corp is the largest jewelry retail chain in North America, grossing $1.7 billion in annual sales.

Last month, Zales released a 30-second video advertisement called “We Believe.”

“At Zales, we believe the world needs more love that lasts,” the video voiceover says. “Love that grows. Love that’s worth waiting for.”

The video opens with a group of relatives gathering for a family picture. The next scene shows a young couple with an infant. Then a wedding scene is shown, with two women exchanging rings and happily walking down the aisle.

Proponents of biblical marriage were quick to condemn the ad, saying the jewelry company is attempting “to normalize sin.”

“Zales Jewelers should be ashamed of attempting to normalize sin by featuring two women getting married in their latest commercial,” the group One Millions Moms said in a statement on Friday. “It shows two women in wedding gowns exchanging vows and wedding bands.”

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Monica Cole, director of One Million Moms, expressed her concern over the new television spot.

“Not only is it normalizing sin of same-sex marriage, but its airing when children are likely watching during family viewing time, during mid-afternoon NFL ball games and during primetime,” she pointed out.

One Million Moms accused the jewelry company of pushing the homosexual agenda and urged readers to contact Zales and diplomatically voice their disapproval.

“Zales is using public airwaves to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and belittle the sanctity of marriage in an attempt to redefine marriage,” they wrote. “Even though homosexuality is unnatural, this advertisement is pushing the LGBTQ agenda.”

“[I]t is not a retailer’s job to introduce so called ‘social issues’ such as this to our children,” the statement from One Millions Moms continued. “That is a parent’s decision, not theirs. Zales is glorifying sin, and no sin should be placed in the spotlight and honored. This goes for homosexuality as well.”

Zales is not new to controversies surrounding homosexuality, however. Earlier this year, the company announced an exclusive jewelry collection called the “Love and Pride” collection that is designed to showcase Zales’ dedication to a “spirit of inclusion” for all types of relationships.

“Having conducted a test in April, we are very excited to be launching the Love and Pride collection as part of our continued efforts to help every guest celebrate life and express love,” a Zales spokesperson said in a statement. “This collection is truly original and also promotes our commitment to foster a spirit of inclusion for all guests.”

As previously reported, a number of other companies have chosen to promote same-sex relationships through similar advertisements and branding. In 2014, the cereal company Kellogg incorporated their Tony the Tiger icon into a print advertisement promoting “gay pride.” In 2015, the international hotel chain Marriott celebrated homosexuality with a “love travels” campaign. Then, earlier this year, the toothpaste manufacturer Colgate spotlighted two homosexual men in an advertisement promoting “gay pride.”


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  • Trilemma

    Lesbians get married so why wouldn’t Zales market their jewelry to them. Showing a lesbian couple isn’t promoting same sex marriage. It’s promoting the idea that everyone should buy their jewelry from Zales.

    • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Sure! Why not include incestuous “marriages” then? How about pedo marriages? And don’t forget those old school Mormons who marry multiple wives. /sarc

      • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ David Cary Hart

        So gay people are equivalent to incestuous people and pedophiles? The last time I checked both of those activities were illegal in the U.S. while homosexuality is legal and same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. It is also settled law ro don’t you understand stare decisis?

        • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Slavery was legal at one time too, so that must mean you think it was okay.

          • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ David Cary Hart

            That is a preposterous correlation. Interestingly though slavery was excused through Christianity while marriage equality is opposed by conservative Christians.

            Nevertheless, slavery victimizes one group of people. Same-sex marriage affects only those people thus married. And before you spout off about victims of nondiscrimination ordinances, those all existed long before gays starting marrying and those people are victims of their own self-importance.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Not only was slavery not excused by Christianity, but it was overcome by Christianity. That’s basic history.

            Same sex union activists are the ones persecuting others.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Non-discrimination laws for public accommodations have nothing to do with whether gay marriage is legal either. Each can exist independently of the other.

          • johndoe

            Nope. Gay marriages harm nobody. Slavery….definitely harmful.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            According to law, blacks were non-human so it was okay. According to the law – I mean, that was your argument, not mine.

            And yes, homosexual same sex unions hurt everyone.

          • johndoe

            Strange but neither my marriage nor my family have been harmed by SSM. Has yours and if so, how?

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Just the fact that you are unaware of the harm proves it’s already done damage. Marriage as created by God (one man, one woman) and family are the basis for a solid societal foundation. It’s already crumbling, and with marriage being redefined, it opens the door for pedo and incestual unions as well.

          • johndoe

            Pedophilia and incest are illegal. SSM in no way paves the road for illegal acts which cause harm. Wheres your proof that the foundations of society are crumbling? How has SSM affected your marriage or the marriages of others?

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            NAMBLA and other perv groups have already filed to use the basis for same sex unions to further their own causes. Legal experts say they have a viable case.

          • johndoe

            Pedophilia and incest are illegal. They can make all of the cases they want but both of those cause harm unlike SSM which harms nobody

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Again, you’ve been proven wrong and you just keep repeating yourself. Come to think of it, gizmo did that too. Hmmmm.

          • johndoe

            Where have I been proven wrong? There is no proof that SSM has harmed anything. No examples have been given.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I already told you how societal structure has been damaged, gizmo23, but you’re pretending to not understand.

          • johndoe

            Im not gizmo. Too funny. I do understand but zero harm to our society has resulted.

          • tatoo

            Are you a sociologist? You may say so, but that doesn’t make it so.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Facts may it so. Cracks in societal structure have already appeared, and judging by crime, family breakdown, and the rise of mental illness and drug abuse, it looks like it’s just going to get worse.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            He asked for an example, and you keep citing ridiculous generalizations.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I gave very specific examples but because you don’t like that they’re true, you choose to miscategorize them. Not very honest of you.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Really? He’s been waiting for examples and so have I. Tell us what they were.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            The ones in the post above and you know it. It’s in the post about divorce. Go look for it.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            This game again?
            Tell me what you wrote. I don’t see it.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            So if you’re not following the conversation, why are you interjecting yourself in the midst of it? And why are you falsely accusing me of not making a statement simply because you failed to follow the conversation? If that isn’t the definition of a game, I don’t know what is.

            If you care to follow the conversation, all you have to do is hit the scroll button. My comments are all there.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            He asked where you proved him wrong. So did I. All you do is taunt him by calling him Gizmo, whom he clearly isn’t. To quote johndoe: “No examples have been given”. Quite correct. This is easily solved; tell him where you proved him wrong. Both he and I and likely others would like you to back up your statement. If scrolling back is what you would like us to do, and it hasn’t worked for us, try it yourself.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You don’t know who is or isn’t posting here. Also, you are jumping midway into a conversation where an answer has repeatedly been giving. Like gizmo/john, you are pretending you don’t see my repeated answers, or that you fail to understand them. That’s game playing. If you can’t use the scroll button, or if you’re not here to actually read an entire conversation before falsely attacking a poster, then what are you here for but to play games – again? This isn’t the first time you’ve followed me around with this nonsense, nor is it the first handle you’ve used to do it. The last one ran away because it got exposed. Your new one eventually will too.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I really don’t know what you’re talking about. The key part of the conversation is easy enough to read verbatim. Here, I’ll do your work for you:

            Johndoe said, “Pedophilia and incest are illegal. They can make all of the cases they want but both of those cause harm unlike SSM which harms nobody.”

            You responded, “Again, you’ve been proven wrong and you just keep repeating yourself.”

            This statement is what we are talking about. And johndoe asks you,

            “Where have I been proven wrong? There is no proof that SSM has harmed anything. No examples have been given.”

            When are you going to answer his very basic questions, and stop tap dancing? You tell him he’s been proven wrong but don’t say why. You don’t give an example either.

            So there you go. Clear as day. Going to answer now?

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            All you’re doing is reiterating johndoe’s post for him. Are you johndoe? Is that why you’ve taken up for him? The time stamp to my reply is 4 days ago. I can see it now. Why are you pretending you don’t see it?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            None of your questions to me are relevant about why you refuse to answer his question to you about how you “proved him wrong”. You haven’t proved him wrong. It should not be this difficult for you to answer his question.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Indeed, I gave my answer – the one you pretend not to see. Your refusal to answer whether or not you are johndoe pretty much provides the answer. 🙂

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Got it, you refuse to answer a question you have clearly lied about. Troll.

          • Kevin Quillen

            based on the reasoning for ssm, adults have the right to love whomever they choose, then 3 or 4 or ? can marry too, also incest, adults can choose, right? where is the line?

          • johndoe

            Incest is illegal.

          • Kevin Quillen

            queer marriage was illegal too. Do you realize how stupid you are sounding?

          • johndoe

            Gay marriage harms no one but incest…..

          • tatoo

            What a cop-out. You can’t answer the question. If the family is crumbling, blame divorce. The rest is nonsense.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Divorce is a large part of it as well. In fact, if divorce weren’t on the rise, same sex union wouldn’t be either.

        • Kevin Quillen

          the Dred Scott decision was settled law at one time. would you have supported that? the “law” is not always right. Killing babies ok with you too?

      • johndoe

        Incest and pedophilia are illegal.

        • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          So was stopping slaves from escaping. Your point?

          • johndoe

            Slavery and pedophilia cause harm. SSM causes harm to nobody.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            See my other post for explanation.

          • johndoe

            Too much effort

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Then why are you here?

          • Kevin Quillen

            meaning; lazy or knows he is wrong.

          • johndoe

            Nope

      • Trilemma

        Those types of marriages are currently illegal. So why would Zales create advertising for a market that doesn’t exist?

        • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Same sex unions were once illegal too. They are laying the foundation for those other types of unions as well.

          • Trilemma

            In the first century, all three of those other types of marriages were legal. Of the three, I think polygamy will be the next to be legalized in the US.

        • tatoo

          Because, SMS is legal and it is a growing and lucrative market. Why else?

    • Roy Hobs

      Where you aware that you are posting on a “Christian” website?

      • RWH

        Because there are a lot of Christians don’t consider hating gays and putting them down to be more important than the bodily resurrection of Christ.

        • Roy Hobs

          Do you consider yourself a follower of the Christ?

          • RWH

            Apparently I’m not as fixated upon gays as you are. There are a lot of other doctrines that are more important. The desire to hurt other people doesn’t seem to fit in the set.

          • Roy Hobs

            You didn’t answer my question. “The desire to hurt other people…..”
            I like how you anti-Christs use clever words to favor your arguments.

          • RWH

            Roy, when you make statements such as this one, you are playing with fire. Nobody but Christ determines who is one of his. To glibly label people as anti-christs puts you in the same category as the Pharasees, who persecuted the King of Glory. God has not given you the authority to sit on his Throne and pronounce judgment on his behalf.

          • Roy Hobs

            James 5:19

            As Christians, we have the absolute right and authority to call out sin.

            Was Paul wrong to do so in your opinion. Rhetorical Question.

            It is the Spirit of anti-Christ to make this statement: Showing a lesbian couple isn’t promoting same sex marriage.
            Tolerating this IS THE LEAVEN!

            You are no teacher. You are a Hireling. Look it up.

          • TwoRutRoad

            “As Christians, we have the absolute right and authority to call out sin.”

            I have two problems with this statement. First, your use of the word AUTHORITY is quite telling. Second, there is no such thing as sin. It is a fictional concept with fictional consequences. There is GOOD and BAD, and these should be measured by the amount of harm inflicted on our fellow humans, animals and the planet. The reward or punishment is here and now, and we should act accordingly. Doing things, (or not) to earn your way into heaven? You’re doing it wrong.

          • Roy Hobs

            ……Second, there is no such thing as sin. It …….

            And who are you……………….The Creator of the Universe!?

          • TwoRutRoad

            If I was, I wouldn’t give any authority to a brown-nosing bigot.

          • Amos Moses

            by our outrage we reveal ourselves …… wow …… you are standing naked ……..

          • RWH

            Do you always fantasize about naked men?

          • Amos Moses

            i am astonished and turn my head ……….. you are the one doing the “tease” ………..

        • Amos Moses

          Deleted

      • johndoe

        Public forum

        • Roy Hobs

          Ok……….but why would you want to??? The LAST thing I want to do is find fellowship over at the Huffington Post.

          • Trilemma

            Discussing things with people who agree with me is boring and affords no opportunity for growth.

          • Roy Hobs

            Now you are being just dishonest.

      • tatoo

        It is only a Christian website that worries over these trivial things.

        • Roy Hobs

          Tell that to the Christian Bakers who lost their business and are unemployed.

          • TwoRutRoad

            You mean the ones who BROKE THE LAW?

          • Roy Hobs

            Sheep.

          • TwoRutRoad

            Primate. Just like you.

          • Roy Hobs

            Ironic, considering you believe you evolved from one.

          • TwoRutRoad

            That’s what I meant. I should have said, “No, I’m a primate. Just like you.”

  • Liberal Elitist

    Beautiful ad. It’s puzzling why “One Million” Moms would make such a fuss. I would think Christians would be supportive of marriage. In any event, times are changing and you’ll get used to it in time. I’ve also noticed recently more and more TV ads “promoting” interracial couples.

    • Roy Hobs

      Take note of this comment Disciples of Christ — Fearers of the Lord — Followers of Christ. “Friendship with the World is Enmity toward God”

      • Roy Hobs

        Not to mention, why would someone who considers themselves a “Liberal Elitist”…..why would someone like this even bother to comment on a Christian Website??? Why? Because they are parasites. They can’t leave us alone. They will never quit until Christianity is destroyed.

        • tatoo

          Yes. That is why I am here.

          • Mr Cleats

            You’re old, you will never see that happen.

            We oulasted Romans, Arabs, Nazis, Communists. We will certainly outlast sexual degenerates who destroy each other with STDs and acts of violence.

            So don’t hold your breath. We’re strong than you are, no contest.

          • TwoRutRoad

            You’re going to find it’s a different battle these days. You are using antiquated arms against a modern, educated army. You are slowly being outflanked and outgunned at every turn, and your recruits are defecting. You won’t be eliminated, but you will be pushed back into your churches and prayer meeting.

          • Pam Delaney

            Romans 1:22-28King James Version (KJV)

            22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

            23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

            24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

            25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

            26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

            27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

            28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

          • TwoRutRoad

            That’s no more real than this:

            He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
            And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
            A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
            Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
            He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
            And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
            And laying his finger aside of his nose,
            And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

          • Amos Moses

            take a trip past Go and buy a clue ….. the church thrives under persecution ….. so thanks for your efforts to bolster our organization ………

          • Liberal Elitist

            Imaginary persecution doesn’t count.

          • Amos Moses

            People getting their heads cut off is not imaginary …… it is soft persecution to date in this country ….. it is escalating …. and it is not imaginary ……. except in your mind maybe ……

          • Liberal Elitist

            Likewise, getting tossed off of rooftops is not imaginary. Persecution of the gay community is the ultimate goal of the president-elect’s vice-president, Der Weisse Engel.

          • Amos Moses

            Yep …….. and if they keep importing unvetted muslims into this country …. it will happen here ………. the VP nor any christian has done this ………. now you might not like our stance on phony marriage ….. but you are FAR from any persecution and are rapidly becoming the persecutors ………… crybullies become and are the worst bullies ………..

          • Liberal Elitist

            No such thing as phony legal marriage.

            Christians being treated equally is not persecution.

          • Amos Moses

            can be “legal” and be a lie….

          • Kevin Quillen

            if queers would stay in the closet then their would be no problems. they could sin all they wanted in private. no persecution. The only problem will be standing before God after death.

          • tatoo

            Isn’t good to know that real or imagined, you will always feel persecuted. It will bring meaning to your life.

          • Amos Moses

            my life has a meaning independent of you OR myself ……….. aint that cool ……….

        • tatoo

          No. because I am waiting for a telephone call and I am bored.

          • No Whiners Aloud

            Those Obamaphones have been a real blessing to the indigent.
            We paid for them.

    • Amos Moses

      We is supportive of marriage …… we is not supportive of turning the word marriage into a lie …. homomarriage is not marriage ………….. it be a lie ……

      • TwoRutRoad

        Maybe you is supportive of marriage, and maybe you ain’t. The highest divorce rates are in the bible belt.

        • Amos Moses

          lowest divorce rate is between two christian believers …..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No. Evangelicals have the highest divorce rate.
            vancouversun dot com/news/staff-blogs/evangelicals-more-likely-to-divorce-study

          • Amos Moses

            Shaunti Feldhahn is a Harvard-trained researcher and author. In her recently released book, “The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce,” Feldhahn details groundbreaking findings from an extensive eight-year study on marriage and divorce. Among other things, her research found:

            The actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent.
            Those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who don’t.
            Most marriages are happy.
            Simple changes make a big difference in most marriage problems.
            Most remarriages succeed.

          • Amos Moses

            ATLANTA — Most people believe only half of U.S. marriages make it. But a leading researcher is announcing the true divorce rate is much lower and always has been.

            Shaunti Feldhahn received her research training at Harvard. She and her husband Jeff help people with their marriages and relationships through best-selling books like, For Women Only and For Men Only.

            This Atlanta-based couple often quoted in their writings and at conferences what they thought was accurate research: that most marriages are unhappy and 50 percent of them end in divorce, even in the Church.

            “I didn’t know,” Feldhahn told CBN News. “I’ve stood up on stage and said every one of these wrong statistics.”

            Then eight years ago, she asked assistant Tally Whitehead for specific research on divorce for an article she was writing. After much digging, neither of them could find any real numbers.

            That kicked off a personal, years-long crusade to dig through the tremendously complicated, sometimes contradictory research to find the truth. The surprising revelations are revealed in her new book, The Good News About Marriage.

            The Real Divorce Rate

            “First-time marriages: probably 20 to 25 percent have ended in divorce on average,” Feldhahn revealed. “Now, okay, that’s still too high, but it’s a whole lot better than what people think it is.”

            Shaunti and Jeff point out the 50 percent figure came from projections of what researchers thought the divorce rate would become as they watched the divorce numbers rising in the 1970s and early 1980s when states around the nation were passing no-fault divorce laws.

            “But the divorce rate has been dropping,” Feldhahn said. “We’ve never hit those numbers. We’ve never gotten close.”

            And it’s even lower among churchgoers, where a couple’s chance of divorcing is more likely in the single digits or teens.

            Hopelessness = Divorce

            As the truth about these much lower divorce rates begins to spread, Feldhahn said she believes it will give people hope, which is often a key ingredient to making marriage last. She said hopelessness itself can actually lead to divorce.

            “That sense of futility itself pulls down marriages,” Feldhahn said. “And the problem is we have this culture-wide feeling of futility about marriage. It’s based on all these discouraging beliefs and many of them just aren’t true.”

            Christian psychotherapist Angel Davis has also written about marriage in her book, The Perfecting Storm. The Athens, Georgia-based therapist agreed with Shaunti Feldhahn’s warnings about hopelessness.

            “The Bible says hope deferred, it makes a heart sick,” Davis said. “And we are so influenced by numbers and by culture.”

            Jeff Feldhahn said anytime he tells people about his wife’s findings about how incorrect the 50 percent divorce rate actually is, they’re stunned.

            “Their mouth drops open and they’re just shocked,” he said. “They go, ‘I can’t believe I believed this all these years. And I’ve heard it so many times. And I’ve heard it from the pulpit so many times.'”

            Shaunti added, “This is a great chance to stand up and say. ‘We were all fooled. Not anymore.'”

            Spreading the Good News

            To that end, Feldhahn has been working to spread the news to pastors and other leaders as fast as she can. The news is changing Pastor Daniel Floyd’s counseling because he had bought into fictional research, he admitted to Feldhahn.

    • Kevin Quillen

      queer is sin. period. can queers reproduce? no. abnormal. Put all queer couples on a deserted island and come back in 100 years and guess how many are left? gays on one island and les on another. would not want any cheating.

      • Dalton639

        Sin is imaginary, just like your fairy tales of talking snakes and your magic sky daddy.

  • Tianzhu

    Considering they are far more prone to domestic abuse than normal couples, this is hardly something to celebrate. Do the people getting all gooey over that photo realize that a woman is more likely to be abused by a lesbian than by a man?

    • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ David Cary Hart

      Utter nonsense. There is no reliable data to support that claim. Moreover all couples have a potential for domestic violence which doesn’t mean that they should not marry.

      • Tianzhu

        No, not “utter nonsense,” I’m citing a study done by Northwestern University, one of the top schools in America, and neither Christian nor conservative.

        Since they won’t let us post links to the study, Google this:

        Chicago Tribune September 19 2014 violence same-sex couples.

        The data is in, and gays and lesbians are clearly more violent than normal people. When you argue with data, you make yourself out to be a liar. No sane person opposes scientific studies.

        • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ David Cary Hart

          1. It was not a “study” It was a literature review that is not peer reviewed.

          2. Gay people are perfectly normal.

          • Oboehner

            LOL, good one!

          • AustinRocks

            The poor old thing is promoting his tacky little hate blog.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            He’s very correct. Gay people are perfectly normal.

          • Oboehner

            LOL, another good one!! What next, the guy performing oral on a horse is perfectly normal?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No, why, is that something you like to do?
            Bestiality is illegal, and the reason it’s illegal is that it’s an act of abuse because an animal can’t consent. But now we’re comparing apples to oranges because that’s all you ever seem to want to do.

          • Oboehner

            Legality is irrelevant, either they are mentally stable or they are not. Slavery used to be legal, is it perfectly fine?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Yes, key words being USED TO. We learn from our mistakes. And there’s got to be a billion of them in the Bible, but you’re willing to overlook those?

          • Oboehner

            “We learn from our mistakes” Now you saying gay is a mistake, ok.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I said that? Where?
            Now you are admitting evolution occurs. Good.

          • Kevin Quillen

            “normal” people can reproduce. queer is abnormal, sinful.

    • Liberal Elitist

      My spouse and I have been together for over 37 years, and neither of us has suffered abuse at the hands of the other.

      • Tianzhu

        So what? Even if you were telling the truth, that proves nothing at all.

        Northwestern University, one of the top schools in America, and neither Christian nor conservative, did a study of domestic violence among you people, and there’s no arguing with it, you are more violent than normal people.

        Since they won’t let us post links to the study, Google this:

        Chicago Tribune Northwestern September 19 2014 violence same-sex couples.

        Throw in the numbers of homosexuals who are serial killers, it looks pretty grim.

        • SFBruce

          Richard Carroll, an associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and Feinberg Ph.D. student Colleen Stiles-Shields, are the two scientists responsible for the work you cite. Carroll also said that one explanation for the higher rates is because same sex couples “are dealing with the additional stress of being a sexual minority.” He goes on to say “We need to educate health care providers about the presence of this problem and remind them to assess for it in homosexual relationships, just as they would for heterosexual patients. The hope is that with increasingly deeper acceptance, the stress and stigma will disappear for these individuals so they can get the help they need.” The article makes no mention of serial killers of any sexual orientation.

          Just to sum up: the authority you cite who claims domestic violence may be more prevalent among same sex couples than heterosexual ones, believes the answer to this problem, to whatever extent it actually exists, is greater acceptance of same sex couples.

          • Tianzhu

            In other words, when a gay beats the living daylights out of another gay, he’s not responsible.

            Neat little worldview you’ve got there. Being gay means you can do no wrong. It’s always the Christians’ fault.

            Thanks for sharing that. What it comes down to is, you do not wish to function as adults who are responsible for your own actions. You prefer to shift the blame to others, so in terms of conscience, you remain children your entire lives, not responsible for your actions. That’s funny, because we don’t let children marry, and yet adult men who never develop adult responsibility are allowed to marry. Hmm.

            You’re children, not men.

          • SFBruce

            You’re putting words in my mouth. I’m merely providing some critical details which you omitted from the very source that you yourself referenced. Making snarky, unsubstantiated claims about gay men is just a way to avoid addressing the valid points I raised.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            No one said anything even remotely related to that.

        • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ David Cary Hart

          Again, Northwestern did not do a study. An individual who is on the faculty did a literature review which is not an independent study. Nor, for that matter, is it peer reviewed.

        • tatoo

          You people will believe anything if it makes you feel superior.

          • Tianzhu

            The DATA seem to indicate rather clearly that heterosexuals ARE superior to homosexuals.
            Domestic violence
            Fatal STDs
            Alcoholism
            Drug addiction

            I’d say we stack up pretty darn well compared to homosexuals.

    • Michael C

      According to the NISVS, 2010, gay men experience less rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner than heterosexual men.

      Statistically, lesbians experience the roughly the same rates of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner as black and Native American women.

      Are you suggesting that that statistics like these should impact a jewelry store’s marketing campaigns?

  • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ David Cary Hart

    I wrote about this a few days ago. This is profoundly silly. the gay couple doesn’t require anyone’s approval to marry — It is their constitutional right.

    This creates a marketing opportunity which Zales is exploiting. No reason not to.

    Whether or not Zales chooses to advertise to gay couples has no effect whatsoever on the number of gay couples who marry or the number of people who are gay. It’s not contageous

  • No Whiners Aloud

    The same people applauding these “weddings” in 2016 will be applauding pedophiles in 5 years, probably less. Gays and lesbians prefer underage kids, and they’ll work to abolish laws protecting kids. They’ve pushed this “love is never wrong” narrative, and they will keep on pushing it, claiming that pedophiles have suffered “discrimination.”

    • Ambulance Chaser

      You have no evidence of that.

      • No Whiners Aloud

        You saying that gay men don’t prey on underage boys?

        You sure you want to go there?

        Go ahead and say it, then I’ll throw some news links your way to put you in your place.

        • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ David Cary Hart

          Gay men are no more interested in underage boys than straight men are interested in underage girls.

          • No Whiners Aloud

            Want to see some links?

            Gay men DO have sex with boys.

            In fact, I can show you links where gay couples adopted boys and had sex with them.

            I got facts, what you got?

          • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ David Cary Hart

            You are mischaracterizing what I wrote. I did not contend that there are not gay men who have sex with underage boys. What I said is that, according to the Jenny Study (published and peer reviewed) and even the FBI, gay men are no more likely to be child molesters than heterosexual men. Within law enforcement circles that is an accepted fact.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          No, I’m not saying that, and neither were you, until you decided to change the subject when you realized that you were headed somewhere you couldn’t support.

          Now, if you think you can prove that the mainstream LGBT establishment is going to start promoting pedophilia, go ahead. You can’t, but feel free to try.

          • No Whiners Aloud

            Keep on denying that gay men do not have sex with boys.

            The evidence is out there, it’s in the news every day.

            You can’t keep it secret.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            As others have noted, you’re strawmanning. We are not going to defend positions that we don’t hold.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Your statement is ludicrous.

            It’s like saying “People murder each other.” Yeah, a few do, but the overwhelming vast majority do not. And you’re making it sound like ALL gay men are pedophiles, when statistically straight men are just as likely to be. You are being VERY dishonest.

        • Worf

          Most pedophiles are straight men preying on young girls. It is a terrible thing, but in NO way is it limited to gay men. And to claim it as a right to discriminate against LGBT folk is backwards and a willful disregard of the evidence.

    • tatoo

      Are you saying that all those Catholic priests were gay? FFRF publishes a “Black Collar” crime report of crime committed by clergy. Lots of child sexual abuse is committed by clergy.

      • No Whiners Aloud

        Gay men do have sex with underage boys.

        Deny it, and there are literally thousands of news links to prove that gay men do molest underage boys.

  • Ambulance Chaser

    “[I]t is not a retailer’s job to introduce so called ‘social issues’ such as this to our children,” the statement from One Millions Moms continued. “That is a parent’s decision, not theirs.”

    Except when that retailer is on the side of the social issue that OneMillionMoms agrees with. Which is why the American Family Association, OMM’s parent, encouraged public to go out and eat as much Chick-Fil-A as possible in August of 2011. Because they liked Chick-Fil-A’s stances on certain social issues.

    I get it, AFA. You don’t like gays and don’t want them to have rights. Fine, but can you at least be honest about it?

    • tatoo

      It is a retailers job to sell their products. If this helps, and it apparently does, then so be it. It is you who are complaining that they are into social issues. They are jut trying to sell their product.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        No I’m not. I never complain about whether retailers get political in their advertising. I’m pointing out the hypocrisy of the American Family Association’s complaints about politicizing retail.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Blood diamonds kill and also corrupt beyond measure. May there be God’s justice even for the children’s sake.

    • johndoe

      Take your meds

  • Guest254

    I guess people can make any act or acts become a race. How can this race survive? By spreading the message to the youth.

  • Oboehner

    I see one takes the short hair male role, shocker.

    • AustinRocks

      It’s a parody of real marriage.

      However, both of them can get violent when mean.

      • Oboehner

        Typically they are very bitter people.

    • TwoRutRoad

      I can think of several male biblical characters who had LONG hair. What role were they taking?

      • Oboehner

        Let’s see… they were married to women, so I guess that is obvious.

        • Jenny Ondioline

          But you just suggested long hair is the female “role”. Therefore the male biblical characters with long hair were what? “Effeminate” – is that the word the Bible uses?

          • Oboehner

            You’re saying Samson was “Effeminate”?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I believe that’s what you’re saying, with your talk of ridiculous gender roles.

          • Oboehner

            Nope, you’re attempting a straw man – fail.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Is that right? Why did you mention short hair having to do with the “manly” role in the relationship then?

          • TwoRutRoad

            I think you got him by the short hairs, so-to-speak.

        • TwoRutRoad

          So is hair length indicative of gender role, or not?

          • Oboehner

            One indicator that when added to others is most definitely indicative. The vast majority of gay couples have the gender roles, Ellen is a prime example, she obviously assumes the male role. That is indicative of gay being a mental problem.

          • TwoRutRoad

            You believe in gods, angels, devils and talking animals. That would seem to disqualify you from judging whether or not someone else has a mental problem.

          • Oboehner

            Oh, but exploding dots doesn’t?

          • TwoRutRoad

            I made no statement or claim regarding an exploding dot. I don’t know how it started. Neither do you.

    • Jenny Ondioline

      “Roles”, are you even serious? What decade are you living in?

  • http://www.gmail.com/ David van Heerden

    Let’s switch to stainless steel. A ring is a ring. It doesn’t need to be made of gold, and it doesn’t need to come from this corrupt company.

  • Nidalap

    Evil and perversion…
    All the cool kids are into it…

    • Jenny Ondioline

      I’m guessing you define “evil” and “perversion” a lot more loosely than most people.

      • Nidalap

        It is irrelevant how many people may agree with you so long as you are correct…

        • Jenny Ondioline

          Which it’s difficult to be in matters of opinion.

  • Miss Chrissy Vee

    Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment? ~Malachi 2:17 KJV

    • TwoRutRoad

      I’m sureth glad people don’teth talketh liketh thateth.

      • Miss Chrissy Vee

        LOL

        • TwoRutRoad

          ROFLMAO! That was funny as heck! The LOL was perfectly timed, btw!

          • Miss Chrissy Vee

            😀

      • Miss Chrissy Vee

        Thome do.

  • Emtieswall

    When they’re running ads showing a man marrying his nine-year-old daughter, they’ll be calling us “bigots” if we look disgusted.

  • Gena B

    Because it is legal, many companies feel they can jump on the bandwagon. After the civil rights you started seeing more minorities on TV. It’s soon to be the new norm.

  • David

    So funny, most “biblical marriages” use the vows of Ruth to Naomi as their wedding vows….

    Speaking of biblical marriage, read up on the story of David & Jonathan and their covenant.

    • Nidalap

      Had David or Jonathan run into anyone trying to redefine marriage into the perversion of today, they would have both put them to the sword.
      You probably already knew that though, right? 🙂

      • David

        That might be your opinion, but there is no substantiation of your opinion to be found in scripture. Quite the contrary actually… The David & Jonathan story is one of the most homo erotic stories in the bible, including some good old fashioned s.x…. (if you read it in its original language)…

        • Nidalap

          You stand in a large crowd of people who read into the Bible what they want to believe in opposition to truth.

          • David

            Lets look at somebody on your side of the argument (or your crowd) actually says about the subject:

            On Leviticus, Gagnon writes: “I do not doubt that the circles out of which Leviticus 18:22 was produced had in view homosexual cult prostitution, at least partly. Homosexual cult prostitution appears to have been the primary form in which homosexual intercourse was practiced in Israel” [The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Nashville: Abingdon, 2001), 130].

            And we all know what Mr. Gagnon says about homosexuality….

          • TwoRutRoad

            EVERYTHING in the bible is in opposition to the truth. It starts with genesis, which is wrong, and continues to be wrong on many counts. It’s no wonder even the religious can’t agree on what it means.

    • J J

      Being a homosexual does not make you an expert in the Bible.
      Go back to your porn, leave serious discussion to the adults.

      • David

        Studying the bible makes you an expert in the bible. Have you ever read the holy book? Doesn’t sound like it. I have. Many many times. Many different translations, as well as in the languages of the original. Also the Talmud, as well as Roman law of that time.
        And I don’t need porn, I am lawfully married with a gorgeous husband who gives me everything i need.

  • TwoRutRoad

    Zales also sells many rings and necklaces with a depiction of a man nailed to a wooden torture device. I hope OMM can take some comfort in that.

  • Radix

    If you can look at that photo without snickering, you’re missing something that makes us human.

  • jscotttheory

    Northwestern is not even the best school in Illinois, and ranks in the middle of the pack of the Big 10. Keep lying and you’ll end up in that imaginary fiery place.