New York, NY – Sunday night at the Grammys, Queen Latifah officiated the marriage of 34 couples – including same-sex couples – during the performance of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Grammy-nominated song, “Same love.”
But the story gets better.
During the half-time show at next Sunday’s Super Bowl, Bruno Mars will officiate a same-sex marriage ceremony while performing one of his earlier hit songs, “Marry You.”
Although the identities of the same-sex couple have not been revealed, there is widespread speculation that one of the partners is a gay NFL player.
In the past months, plans by NFL to announce the coming out of several gay NFL players have all but fizzled out. But it appears that this is now the real thing. What a way to do it- at the Super Bowl nonetheless.
Who cares about the Seahawks and Broncos? Football fans (and non-fans) are more interested in this year’s Super Bowl half-time revelation.
San Francisco, California – Following the disappointing loss by the San Francisco 49ers to the Seattle Seahawks, Mayor Ed Lee signed an executive order declaring Tuesday, January 21 as a “Day of Silence” in San Francisco.
Lee said that this will give 49er fans the much-needed time to process their team’s failure to earn a spot in this year’s Superbowl and to recuperate from all the shouting, cheering and screaming that marked Sunday’s NFC championship game.
All city and county offices will be closed on Tuesday, making it a four-day weekend for most San Franciscans. Monday is also a holiday, being Martin Luther King Day.
San Francisco’s City Hall which in the past week has been illuminated with the red and gold colors, will go completely dark starting at midnight Sunday until midnight Tuesday.
Santa Clara, California – America’s three major sports leagues have jointly issued guidelines for singers invited to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner,” or “God Bless America” during sports events. Meeting in Santa Clara, California, future home of the San Francisco 49ers, the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball all agreed to strictly abide by the new rules.
The rules were drawn up following recent controversies that involved Latino singers invited to sing at major sports events: 11-year old Mariachi singer Sebastien De La Cruz and Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband Marc Anthony.
De La Cruz sang the U.S. National Anthem at Game 3 of the NBA playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat while Anthony sang “God Bless America” at an All-Star Major League Baseball game. Both performances were condemned by U.S. nationalists for what they called “singing American while being Latino.” Both singers, of course, are U.S. citizens and are as American as apple pie.
In crafting the new guidelines, the major leagues wanted to make sure that they are not perceived as being racists, so they proposed a basic, core language for the guidelines, as follows:
“Any singer who rolls his or her ‘Rs’ will not be allowed to perform at the games.”
The Union representing singers and performers immediately sent a memo to all its members advising them to practice saying and singing the words, “America,” “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars,” “Perilous Fight,” “ramparts ” etc. and to do so with a “twang.”
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