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Amid backlash, Chick-Fil-A's Public Relations VP dies

Chick-fil-A Embattled In Controversy Over Anti-Gay Marriage Remarks

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The sign of a Chick-fil-A is seen July 26, 2012 in Springfield, Virginia. The recent comments on supporting traditional marriage which made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has sparked a big debate on the issue.

WRBL News 3  and CNBC report that Donald A. Perry, the Vice President of Corporate Public Relations for Chick-Fil-A, has died. 

The CBS affiliate in Georgia says Perry died Friday morning of a heart attack, according to Ross Cathy, a relative of Chick-Fil-A's CEO.

The chicken chain has been roasting in the backlash of the CEO's recent comments on gay marriage. A protest at the controversial Hollywood location is scheduled for Aug. 1.

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The Abbey bans 'offensive heterosexual tradition' of bachelorette parties

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The Abbey in West Hollywood, CA.

The Abbey, one of West Hollywood's most well-known establishments, announced Thursday it will be banning the "offensive heterosexual tradition" of bachelorette parties until marriage is legal "everywhere for everyone," according to the official press release.

"Every Friday and Saturday night, we’re flooded with requests from straight girls in penis hats who want to ogle our gogos, dance with the gays and celebrate their pending nuptials. They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married,” said David Cooley, Founder of The Abbey.

The Abbey is taking a stand against a practice it says, "flaunts marriage inequality in the face of gays and lesbians," and as a sign of solidarity "on the heels of a ban on Gay Marriage in North Carolina and a number of other states across the south," according to the statement.

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Writer clarifies the quote that 'Pacquiao never said'

Manny Pacquiao Media Day Workout

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Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines trains on the speed bag during a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on April 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez

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Manny Pacquiao knocks back Juan Manuel Marquez with a left to the body in the first round during the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The controversial Manny Pacquaio interview where the fighter allegedly disparaged gay men was clarified Wednesday by the writer who calls the misunderstanding "a fatal twist" of his report.

The Examiner's Granville Ampong explained that, "Pacquiao never said nor recited, nor invoked and nor did he ever refer to such context," speaking about the provocative Bible passage that was incorrectly attributed to the Filipino boxer in news reports that stemmed from Ampong's recent post. 

In addressing President Obama's stance on legalizing gay marriage, Pacquiao, a Roman Catholic, said in the interview, "God's words first ... obey God's law first before considering the laws of man." The additional Leviticus context was provided Ampong, the writer admitted.

The popular brawler and politician, named the 4th "Most Influential Athlete" in the world this year by Forbes, trains in Los Angeles and was scheduled to appear on the syndicated celebrity tv show "Extra" Wednesday at The Grove to promote his upcoming bout.

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Manny Pacquiao interview hits below the belt on gay marriage

Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez

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Manny Pacquiao knocks back Juan Manuel Marquez with a left to the body in the first round during the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Manny Pacquiao Media Day Workout

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines trains on the speed bag during a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on April 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.


Manny Pacquiao threw a punch at the president's position on same-sex that marriage that appeared to have to hit below the belt.

The Filipino boxer, named the 4th "Most Influential Athlete" in the world this year by Forbes, trains in Los Angeles. On Friday night, he gave a controversial, exclusive interview to the Examiner from his residence at the Palazzo.

In addressing President Obama's stance on legalizing gay marriage, Pacquiao, a devout Roman Catholic, said "God's words first ... obey God's law first before considering the laws of man." The Pacquiao interview then contextualized the sentiment with a reference to the punishing Leviticus 20:13:

"If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."

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Student disqualified from Fullerton High contest for gay marriage comment

Kearian Giertz

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Kearian Giertz

A Fullerton High School student was disqualified this week from an annual talent contest after making a comment about gay marriage.

Fullerton High senior Kearian Giertz was pulled off stage by the vice principal for his answer about where he saw himself in 10 years, says NBC LA.  The student answered that he hoped in ten years gay marriage would be legal. 

The school said no rules were violated by the student, meanwhile the Vice Principal has apologized.

Fullerton Union High School District  superintendent George J. Giokaris released a statement admitting “the District has concluded that [removing the student from the contest] was not handled appropriately by the Assistant Principal.” 

 Since the incident, students have been giving the assistant principal letters that say, "Mr. Abell: Where do you see yourself in ten years?"

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