February 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm EST | by Phil Reese
National news in brief: Feb 24

CNN pundit Roland Martin met with glad to discuss homophobia and the impact of the violent Super Bowl night tweets.

CNN’s Roland Martin meets with GLAAD

LOS ANGELES — CNN contributor Roland Martin — who, on Super Bowl Sunday, posted controversial comments considered homophobic to his profile on Twitter — met with representatives from GLAAD, an LGBT media watchdog organization this week to discuss the impact of homophobia.

Prior to the game, Martin tweeted “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl.” Martin initially denied his posting was meant to be homophobic, but eventually acknowledged that it could be construed as such.

Following the meeting with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Martin took to his show ‘Washington Watch’ to speak out against anti-LGBT violence and bullying, and to acknowledge the negative impact his words had.

“It was a discussion that touched on many other areas, and as GLAAD expressed in a statement afterwards – and a sentiment with which I concur – ‘Both parties came away with a better understanding of one another and look forward to continuing this dialogue,’” Martin said.

Minn. Evangelical Lutherans oppose marriage ban

MINNEAPOLIS — Members from 160 Minnesota Evangelical Lutheran churches overwhelmingly approved a resolution opposing a proposed ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage in the state Constitution, according to ABC affiliate KAAL.

“Jesus has no barriers in loving his children,” Karen Johnson, one of 700 voting members, told colleagues. “Education brings knowledge and knowledge brings healing. I’m passionate in the knowledge that his love is for all our children.”

Five other Evangelical Lutheran synods in Minnesota are expected to vote on similar resolutions soon.

Janet Mock honored by black news site

NEW YORK — Transgender People Magazine editor Janet Mock was included among the top 100 most influential African Americans by video news website, The Grio.

“Raised in Hawaii, Mock bucked societal norms early on; first putting on a dress as a dare when she was a child, and later wearing makeup and platform shoes as a teen,” the site wrote of the celebrated writer.

“I was very conscious of the fact that I was supposed to be a boy,” Mock said in a video posted to the site. “But very early on I also fought back against those norms that my father wanted his son to [follow], and I didn’t want to be his son, I wanted to be me, and ‘me’ was being a girl.”

Gay couple leads TV station’s wedding contest

ATLANTA — After winning more than 50 percent of the votes cast in a poll this week, Ronnie Mallette and Brent Ferricci were in first place among four couples competing for a dream wedding from an Atlanta television station.

The final decision will be made by a panel of judges, but at the moment a majority of voters in the 11 Alive “Wow Wedding Contest,” which annually delivers a dream wedding to one lucky couple, is supporting the two men who have been together for 11 years, according to their profile.

“Don’t forget how much you love each other,” said Jonathan Howard, who with his now-husband Gregory Jones took second place two years ago in a similar contest sponsored by Crate & Barrel. “The love you have for each other is very visible to everybody.”

“And when all is said and done, win or lose just putting yourself out there in this contest is making a difference,” Howard continued, saying the couple ought to reach out to friends and loved ones to help tell their story. “Words and images really do matter and being out there is making a difference. ”


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