Under pressure, Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads

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JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar. The family-friendly network, which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming, removed the ads because the controversy was a distraction, a spokesperson said in an interview Saturday. "The debate surrounding these commercials on all sides was distracting from the purpose of our network, which is to provide entertainment value," said a statement provided by Molly Biwer, senior vice president for public affairs and communications at Hallmark. In an interview, she added: "The Hallmark brand is never going to be divisive. We don't want to generate controversy,
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