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Here’s How the ​Episcopal Church is Embracing Gay Marriage

The Church’s new approach to same-sex marriage follows a decade’s worth of progress for LGBT equality.

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When the Supreme Court delivered their ruling last Friday, the nation responded with rounds of applause. While some county clerks meekly resigned from their positions, most people followed SCOTUS’ lead, including the Episcopal Church. This Wednesday, Episcopalians gathered at the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City, and voted—overwhelmingly—to approve same-sex wedding ceremonies.

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Ireland Chooses Love in Historic Referendum on Gay Marriage

By a margin of nearly 2-to-1, Ireland becomes the first country on Earth to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote.

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Around 9 a.m. Saturday morning, Ireland started to count votes for its historic referendum on same-sex marriage. While most polls conducted in the past few weeks looked favorable for gay marriage advocates (about 78 percent of polled voters supported legalization), tensions were high and the outcome, uncertain. Thousands of people flew into Ireland on Friday to vote before the polls closed. At 2 p.m. today, the results were announced: over 62 percent of the population voted in favor of the referendum, making Ireland the only country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.

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Why DOMA’s Repeal is Good for Bisexuals

The night before the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I went to sleep praying my friends Lisa and Mandy would be...

The night before the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I went to sleep praying my friends Lisa and Mandy would be married once more. They married six years ago on a grassy knoll with an abundance of joy over their union. We had so much fun that day with two beautiful brides, one a bi woman and the other a lesbian.

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Obama Said He Supports Gay Marriage; Now What?

Was Obama's bold statement today a cop-out or an act of bravery? And where do we go from here?


In the interview the whole internet is talking about, President Obama finally came out in support of same-sex marriage, saying he'd "evolved" from his previous stance that marriage should be between a man and a woman. It's a great symbolic step for the country and the president, who said that he once thought civil unions would be "sufficient" for gay couples.

Then he continued: "But I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, monogamous, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained now that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is gone because they’re not able to commit themselves in a marriage. At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married."

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Who Voted Against Gay Marriage in North Carolina?

A map of the counties in North Carolina that voted against a gay-marriage ban suggests education played a part in the vote.


A new image making its way around the internet today—the day after North Carolina voted for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage—makes clear the difference between those who voted against the ban and those who voted for it. As you can see on the map above, all of the counties that voted no are in close proximity to North Carolina's largest colleges. Though the image was created before the final count was in, and two of the counties in red—New Hanover and Guilford—eventually swung yes, they did so by the smallest of margins. In New Hanover, it was a difference of just 329 votes.

Though this image might seem like some kind of coincidental cheap shot—"Only uneducated people don't support gay marriage!"—real studies gird its point. The Pew Research Center found in 2010 that support for gay marriage is directly proportional to educational achievement (it's also correlated with age, so it makes sense that students voted no). While the majority of college graduates believe gay marriage should be legal, only 46 percent of people with some college experience agreed. And among people with a high school diploma or less, just 34 percent supported gay marriage.

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Intermission: Now We Can Harass Our Gay Friends About Weddings, Too!

New York gay people will now endure the same wedding crap as straight people. Yay, equality!

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I have a confession: When I looked down at my Twitter feed last Friday and saw that gay marriage had been legalized in New York, my first thought wasn't "Yay, equality!" Don't worry, it was my second. I went down to the West Village in Manhattan, celebrated outside of the Stonewall Inn, and felt warm inside along with everyone else when couples shouted marriage proposals at each other.

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