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BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
Two days after Jason Collins' groundbreaking declaration about his sexuality, sales for his custom "98" jersey have skyrocketed and the Sports Illustrated website has set records for article views. Support continues to, for lack of a better term, come out for Collins. Especially in the sports world where it seems to have cost a former NFL a player a chance to speak at a church. Not that he seems too sad about it.
The media is also celebrating Collins. David Letterman and Dr. Phil had a surprisingly serious and powerful conversation about the importance of Collins' announcement. And Jon Stewart is happy for potential gay athletes but isn't sure they want to be associated with such a wacky bunch.
It hasn't been all rosy when it comes to the Jason Collins story, there have certainly been a fair share of wingnuts to make their way out of the woodwork. Anti-gay and anti-everybody bigot Pat Robertson defended ESPN talking head Chris Broussard's recent comments about Collins being "in rebellion to God". And Piers Morgan asked Collins' ex-girlfriend if he apologized to her.
A shockingly stupid new anti-gay ad equates being gay with handing out cigarettes to little kids. A local news station in Missouri took an in-depth look inside the home of a family with two moms and found nothing wrong. Gasp! Also someone at the Cleveland Plain Dealer just completely devalued the life of a murdered trans woman.
Good news in Delaware where a senate panel has advanced a marriage equality bill! A large group of protesters made their presence known in front of the San Francisco pride offices on Monday. The demonstrators are upset about the removal of Bradley Manning as the parade's grand marshal. And it seems that Republicans and those in favor of LGBT inclusive immigration reform are about to clash in a big way.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
With the new One World Trade Center set to become the largest building in the western hemisphere, take a helicopter tour of the new building dominating the New York skyline.