One Million Moms criticizes 'American Girl' over feature about adopted girl

Amaya Sheer

One Million Moms group calls for boycott of the "American Girl" magazine after the publication runs an article about an 11-year-old adopted child with two dads. The organization claims that the article "would have been wonderful if they had not chosen to include a large picture of a girl with her two dads...and three other adopted children".

The original article, written by an editor from Amaya's point of view, tells the story of how the little girl came to live with her two dads, Rob and Reece Scheer.

In the story, Amaya discusses her father, Rob Sheer, and his charity, Comfort Cases, an organization dedicated to providing backpacks to foster children filled with life's daily necessities - from pajamas and toothbrushes to stuffed animals and blankets.

Now, the brand, its magazine and parent company Mattel are under fire after the decision to picture 11-year-old Amaya with her family in their November/December issue.

Stephanie Spanos, a spokesperson for American Girl, has stated that Amaya's story fits perfectly with the company's mission to support young girls and to highlight their achievements and gifts.

The family has since appeared on several local TV programs in reaction to One Million Moms' opposition, and the contentious story has gained national traction.