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Modern Family Star Floods Supreme Court Mailboxes Ahead of Gay Marriage Ruling

Jesse Tyler Ferguson leads the charge to personalize same-sex weddings for the court's nine justices.

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While Ireland just celebrated gay marriage last week, the United States Supreme Court is a little further behind. To humanize the case, and prevent SCOTUS from making a truly embarrassing decision, Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family came up with a brilliant idea. Together with his advocacy organization, Tie The Knot, Ferguson is encouraging gay Americans everywhere to send the Supreme Court invitations to their gay weddings. His dream is grounded in his long-held belief that people still open their mail.

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Oklahoma Anti-Gay Bill Hits Snag With Dem. Representative’s Ingenious Amendment

State Rep. Emily Virgin thinks businesses that plan on refusing service to gay customers should come right out and say so.

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“They don’t have a right to be served in every single store. People need to have the ability to refuse service if its violates their religious convictions"

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Celebrate DOMA Defeat Deliciously: 10 Great Gay Friendly Wedding Cakes

On this historic day, here's a roundup of some of the best gay friendly cakes and cake toppers to celebrate love.

Today was a momentous win for civil rights in the United States. DOMA was ruled unconstitutional "as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment," and Prop 8 was struck down, which means that gay marriage can resume in California. So while these rulings don't mean that same sex marriage will be legal in every state, there will be a lot more same sex weddings in the near future, and a chance for partners who have been waiting a long time, to legally unite.

That also means a lot of wedding cake. So on this historic day, here's a collection of our favorite gay friendly cakes and cake toppers to celebrate love.

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The Marriage Paradox

Half of young people think matrimony is becoming "obsolete." So why do we still want to do it so badly?


On TV, in film, and in "Save the Date" cards tacked to fridges everywhere, we are steeped in the cultural white noise of wedding voyeurism and schadenfreude. A new study threatens to change the conversation: The number of married Americans is at a record low. The Pew Research Center has crunched the Census data and discovered that only 51 percent of adults are married. That number plunges to 20 percent for 18-to-29-year-olds. In 2010, weddings dropped by 5 percent from the previous year.

This study is just the latest one to track a broadening of relationship choices for the youngest generation. Cohabitation is on the rise. Last year's Pew research on marriage unearths the ambivalence behind the numbers: 44 percent of Millennials feel that marriage is "becoming obsolete." So is marriage on its way out?

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Why I'm Glad Kim Kardashian Got Divorced

Someone needed to burst the bubble of the "storybook wedding" fantasy.


It's been five days since Kim Kardashian divorced her husband 72 days after her lavish, nationally televised wedding, and people are still freaking out about it. In fact, the backlash has only gotten worse. People continue to tweet about their disappointment; media outlets are consulting image experts, worrying that the failed nuptials have tarnished Kim's reputation; even a couple of my very reasonable friends, one of whom is engaged, feel rattled by the debacle. But I have to admit: I'm glad she made the move.

From the moment we learn to talk, we are bombarded by messages of the "dream wedding": a one-kneed proposal with a big shiny rock, a virginal white dress, an overblown party, a shower of congratulations, a promise of happily ever after. There are hundreds of magazines, movies, and reality shows devoted to brides and their special day, encouraging the worst kind of warped consumerism and ignoring the fact that many marriages lead to divorce, result in unhappiness, or never happen in the first place. Kim's "fairy tale" was that cliché on steroids. And the illusion has been shattered in the most spectacular way possible.

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Why Are People Still Having Weddings at Plantations Slaves Built?

Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day in your life. So what if your happiness depends on the historical persecution of black people?


Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. So what if your happiness depends on exploiting the historical persecution of black people? Last year, a white British couple staged an elaborate "colonial Africa"-themed destination ceremony in South Africa, complete with black servants in fez hats and glorious laughter. The couple's been condemned for holding the affair. But stateside, hundreds of marriages are cinched every year on the soil of America's own historical horrors. Welcome to the plantation wedding.

Just yesterday, a PR flack shot me an e-mail detailing the "eight alternative wedding trends" that are hot this summer. Among them: "The Rustic South." "Many couples are going for the nostalgic feel of the old South," she told me, reflecting a "growing hunger in popular culture for all things Southern"—and for authentic backdrops built by the fruits of slave labor. "I've definitely been seeing more plantation weddings," she said when prompted.

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