BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
Former First Lady has asked and has now been officially removed from an ad supporting marriage equality. Jon Huntsman however is telling his fellows in the GOP that it is time to get with the times and embrace marriage equality.
With a little over a month until Prop 8 is officially in front of the Supreme Court, the plantiffs in the case have filed their one and only very inspiring brief. Speaking of Prop 8, it seems that President Obama is currently trying to decide if he will file his own brief in the case. Fingers crossed that he continues to push for equality.
A newspaper editor from a small town in Mississippi is standing tall in the face of incessant hate over a gay wedding announcement in his paper. Reading between the lines of a report from a superintendent in Indiana, it would seem that the anti-gay teacher who opposed allowing gays at prom has been rightfully suspended. Perhaps fearing a PR disaster, Tim Tebow has cancelled an appearance at a Dallas church whose pastor hates pretty much everyone.
Well we finally may have an answer for why the Pope is stepping down: it is the fault of all the secret Vatican gays. And despite the fact that they believe the GOP is the best party for gay rights, GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans are still not allowed at CPAC.
CNN gathered a group of panelists to compare the gay rights movement to the civil rights movement and to remind us that news channels have a lot of time to fill. The Associated Press has finally come to their senses and decided that the terms "husband" and "wife" can be used for gay couples too. Also a gay adult film star was arrested for making mischief at a firehouse. And no, that's not the plot of a porn.
And our Ari Waldman takes a look at the power and importance of coming out as HIV positive.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Jon Stewart has had enough of John McCain's middle-school mentality and last night he let him know it. Here's a reason to buy Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite, their newest ad features gay husbands! Also with the Oscars just days away, Jimmy Kimmel has another post-show trailer ready and it looks like Bradley Cooper will be fending off sexy zombies!
Lawrence O'Donnell last night shredded CPAC's lineup of losers, including Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum, but saved special words for their latest announced guest:
"Will Romney be cheered for saying the extreme, conservative stuff that everyone knows he doesn’t mean? Or will he be booed for being such a loser?"
Watch O'Donnell shred what he suggests be renamed LPAC, AFTER THE JUMP...
This is the front page of the February 7 edition of the Laurel Leader-Call, a newspaper in rural Mississippi which found itself the target of so much hate mail for publishing a story about the wedding of Jessica Powell and Crystal Craven, that the editor was compelled to publish an editorial on Saturday defending it, Yahoo's The Lookout reports.
Though same-sex marriage isn't legal in Mississippi, the couple, one of whom battles brain cancer, exchanged vows and the paper felt it significant to recognize the first ceremony of its kind in the county.
Wrote its editor:
The job of a community newspaper is not pretending something didn't take place or ignoring it because it will upset people. No, our job is to inform reads what is going on in our own and let them make their own judgments. That is exactly what we did with the wedding story. Our reporter heard about the wedding, attended it, interviewed some of the participants and wrote a news story. If there had been protestors at the wedding, we would have covered that the exact same way … but there weren't any. We never said it was a good thing or a bad thing, we simply did our job by telling people what took place....
...We have stories about child molesters, murders and all kinds of vicious, barbaric acts of evil committed by heinous criminals on our front page and yet we never receive a call from anyone saying 'I don't need my children reading this.' Never. Ever. However, a story about two women exchanging marriage vows and we get swamped with people worried about their children.
I had at least 20 or so readers express to me they think gay marriage is "an abomination against God." We never said it wasn't. We never said it was...
...We were simply reporting to the best of our ability. However, I can't help but be saddened by the hate-filled viciousness of many of the comments directed toward our staff … No one here deserves to be berated or yelled at simply because we were doing our job.
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GLAAD is honoring Anderson Cooper with its Vito Russo Award at its Media Awards in New York on March 16, it announced today:
Anderson Cooper has long been an advocate for the LGBT community. His wide range of subjects includes the bullying of LGBT youth, families supporting their transgender children, and the dangers of the so-called "ex-gay conversion therapy." For his coverage of issues relevant to the LGBT community, Anderson Cooper has received seven GLAAD Media Award nominations, and has been awarded the trophy three times.
"By sharing his own experiences as a gay man, Anderson has reminded millions of Americans that LGBT people are part of their everyday lives and an integral part of our cultural fabric," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for journalists everywhere, and I'm proud to call him a friend."
The award honors an out LGBT person who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.
Marriage Equality Coalition Removes Laura Bush from Ad, is 'Sorry She Didn't Want to Be Included': VIDEO
The Respect for Marriage Coalition has honored a request from Former First Lady Laura Bush to have an interview clip in which she expressed support for same-sex marriage rights be removed from a marriage equality ad the group began running earlier this week, Politico reports:
“We used public comments for this ad from American leaders who have expressed support for civil marriage,” the group said. “We appreciate Mrs. Bush’s previous comments but are sorry she didn’t want to be included in an ad. The ad launched a public education campaign that will now move to new and different voices that reflect the depth and breadth of our support.”
The new ad features a Republican former Marine, Craig Stowell, speaking about how he came to support gay marriage after learning his brother was gay.
Watch the replacement ad, AFTER THE JUMP...