Same-sex parents to be featured in February issue of children's magazine Highlights

The children's magazine Highlights will feature same-sex parents in its February issue for the first time after members of the LGBT community accused it of being homophobic last year.

(REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson)Jason Howe and Adrian Perez (L) who were married in Spain, and again in California, hold their twin daughters Clara (R) and Olivia at a playground in West Hollywood, California after the United States Supreme court ruled on California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, June 26, 2013.

The Highlights issue to be released next month will show an illustration of two men preparing for a family trip and asks readers to send letters about their own favorite trip with their family. The magazine's editor-in-chief Christine French Cully said the image of the same-sex parents will not please everyone, but they are committed to being more inclusive, The Washington Post relays.

"We did expect and received a backlash when we committed to becoming more fully reflective to all the different kinds of families out there," said Cully. "We expect this will make some people unhappy. Our focus remains on creating the best possible content for children."

In October, LGBT activist Kristina Wertz posted a message on Highlights' Facebook page about the lack of same-sex couples in its children's magazine Hello which targets children two years old and below. Wertz aired out her disappointment over this and said books need to reflect the diversity of the real world.

A couple of days after Wertz posted the message, Highlights explained that most of its readers would find the topic of same-sex parents to be still new. Because of this, the magazine urged families to initiate discussions on the issue. When this response sparked outrage, the magazine caved in to a more inclusive theme.

However, Highlights' decision to feature same-sex parents in its upcoming issue did not sit well with top family scholars and authors. "Finding Truth" author Nancy Pearcey told The Christian Post that childrens's magazines now include sexual content because sex has now ceased to be part of biology and has instead been the focus of a person's identity.

Glenn Stanton of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family said the increasingly liberal trend in society is part of Satan's plan to "deface what is precious to God."

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