Hallmark media CEO leaves, month after same-sex ad backlash

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ABOVE: Bill Abbott, photo via Twitter.

NEW YORK (AP) | The head of Hallmark’s media business is leaving the company after 11 years, just a month after its flagship Hallmark Channel faced an outcry over a decision to pull an ad with a lesbian couple kissing.

No reason was given for Bill Abbott’s departure, and no replacement was immediately named.

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One Million Moms pushes back against Hallmark reversal

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Zola’s ad featuring a lesbian bridal couple, screenshot via YouTube.

One Million Moms doubled down on its homophobic agenda on Monday after the Hallmark Channel’s weekend announcement that it would be reinstating ads it had previously pulled in response to protests from the anti-LGBTQ group.

The ads, which were for wedding planning website Zola, featured a lesbian bridal couple kissing at the altar. They had been taken off the air late last week by Hallmark, after One Million Moms created a petition calling for its removal, but outcry from pro-LGBTQ voices, led by GLAAD, quickly convinced the family-friendly pay network to reconsider their decision, leading to Sunday’s announcement.

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Hallmark Channel pulls, then reinstates ads featuring kiss between lesbian brides

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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At the end of a tumultuous week for The Hallmark Channel, the pay television network has announced it would reverse its decision to pull several ads featuring a same-sex kiss.

The controversial commercials were among a series of six ads for Zola, a wedding planning website, which had been airing on the Hallmark Channel since Dec. 2. In all of the ads, couples standing at the altar for their wedding wonder if guests might have arrived on time and bought them better gifts if they had used Zola to create a custom wedding website. Most of the ads include a same-sex couple; while only one focused specifically on the lesbian brides, the two women were shown kissing in several of them.

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Christian group condemns Parents magazine for featuring gay dads

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Parents magazine featured fitness trainer Shaun T., his husband Scott Blokker and their one-year-old twins on the cover of its February issue. This is the first time a same-sex couple has been included on the cover since it was first published in 1926.

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One Million Moms boycotts ‘Roseanne’ reboot over gender-fluid character

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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One Million Moms is outraged that “Roseanne” is including a gender-fluid character.

In the reboot, Darlene (Sarah Gilbert) and David (Johnny Galecki) have a nine-year-old son, Mark (Ames McNamara). The character is described as “gender creative” who “displays qualities of both male and female young child traits.”

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Stephen Colbert defends Campbell’s gay dads commercial

By : Jeremy Williams
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On the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the show’s host defended Campbell’s soup commercial featuring two gay dads after it was attacked by online hate group One Million Moms.

The commercial features an actual family of two gay dads feeding their son Star Wars-themed Campbell’s soup as they impersonate Darth Vader’s famous line “I am your father.” Campbell’s tagline for the commercial is “made for real, real life.”

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5.23.13 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotBack when I first arrived in Florida as a new graduate still looking to earn my chops as a reporter, my editor assigned me a story that seemed, quite literally, made for me. He asked me to drive from my daily assignment desk in Port Charlotte to the Magic Kingdom in Kissimmee to cover Gay Day.

I leapt at the opportunity to not only leave the confines of my office on a beautiful June Saturday, but to experience the Magic Kingdom with LGBT people from around the world. Just weeks after securing press passes for myself and my husband-who was my “official” photographer-I was soon walking through a sea of red T-shirts as we were escorted by a cheerful Disney Cast Member.

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