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'No Gays Allowed' in this East Tennessee hardware store

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Tennessee TV news station WBIR reports that a local hardware store owner placed these funny signs in his window after that recent Supreme Court gay marriage decision got his britches all up in a bunch.

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Internet preacher: Because SCOTUS gay marriage ruling, Putin will destroy America for Jesus

You heard it here first.

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Summary of conservative responses to this week's Supreme Court rulings

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We'd be okay with this remodel of The Dukes of Hazzard car

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The General Lee loses its Confederate Flag, and the truth about Bo and Luke comes out.

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Sign outside a Dallas comic shop on the day the Supreme Court OK'd gay marriage

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We salute you, happy gay people of Red Pegasus Comics in Dallas, Texas.

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Guys. The White House changed its official social media icons to this.

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Kind of a crazy day, right?

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This cartoon nails today so perfectly: Confederate flag down, rainbows up

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Spotted first on the Southern Poverty Law Center's Facebook Page.

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How the entire internet is reacting to SCOTUS gay marriage ruling (and it's beautiful)

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Because #lovewins.

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A celebratory SCOTUS NYAN-bow for marriage equality wheeee!

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A new map of the United States showing where same-sex marriage is legal

GAYMAPZ EVERYWHERE.

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Supreme Court OKs gay marriage, ends nationwide bans

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The Supreme Court of the United States of America has ruled that same-sex partners have a right to marry anywhere in the nation. The verdict strikes down remaining prohibitions on same-sex marriages and mandates recognition of such unions performed in other jurisdictions.

The 5-4 split between justices reflected an anticipated ideological divide.

“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority opinion, joined by liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Justices John Roberts Jr., Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas each dissented, producing separate opinions.

Same-sex couples are currently able to wed in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The remaining 14 states must now stop enforcing their bans. According to recent polls, more than sixty percent of Americans approve of same-sex marriage, up sharply from even just a few years ago.

Immediately after the ruling, President Barack Obama wrote on twitter that "today is a big step in our march toward equality."

Previously:

News is just breaking now, and it must be stressed that reportage from the Supreme Court steps tends to be premature. But @SCOTUSblog's tweets from the court, corroborated by other reports, strongly suggest the court is ruling in favor not only of same-sex marriage, but recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

Ireland votes on same-sex marriage

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In conservative Ireland, homosexuality remained illegal until 1993. Even divorce only became an option in 1997. But times have changed. The first major international plebiscite on gay marriage is poised to deliver an overwhelming vote in favor of extending the institution to same-sex couples.

"If the Irish can vote “Yes,” the thought goes, anyone can," writes Amy Davidson in The New Yorker. "If they can see how a conservative belief in the institution of marriage and in the unity of families, and an atavistic desire to be present at the wedding of one’s own children, translate into support for same-sex marriage so can, say, Mississippians."

The campaigns, for and against, served to illustrate the broader divisions in Irish society. The No campaign, in particular, made sharp use of fear as a motif, identifying wholesome Catholics as the real victims of intolerance. But the church has paid a high price for its longtime abuses: polls have support for gay marriage at about 70%, though there is some question about the accuracy of polling.

Even if it's close, the pace of change in Ireland has been remarkable. A 2013 International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association map of local support for same-sex relationships put Ireland at only 36%, though it took into account factors other than public opinion. ILGA_2013_map

Here's a "Yes campaign" video:

At least 17 counties, and several U.S. states, have institutionalized same-sex marriage. In the U.S., the Supreme Court recently heart arguments in a case that may effectively settle the matter there.

The results of the Irish referendum are expected to be announced on Saturday.

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Surprising support for gay marriage in south

The South is warming to gay marriage, writes Robert P Jones in The Atlantic. The reasons are complicated and regional, but it reminded me a little of how some British conservatives evinced a similar "surprise" support a few years go. If you can't beat them, normalize them? I guess memories are shorter than the sentences in Leviticus.

Same-sex marriage clears last hurdle in UK

Following an earlier vote by British legislators to allow same-sex marriage, the plans cleared both houses of Parliament this week. USA Today:

Now, all the bill needs is official assent from Queen Elizabeth II, which is expected to come later in the week.

Like the Queen would say no, even if she may! It'll be next year before marriages start taking place, though, due to legal formalities. (Update: Scotland's version of the bill is expected to pass there presently)

Billboard: "Gay Marriage = Gay Clutter"

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"It's funny cause it's true," says my pal Jason Tester who posted the photo to his Instagram feed @guerrillafutures.

Prevent divorce — with science!

Back in 2002, psychologists studying how couples argued found four different behaviors that correlated strongly with future divorce. In fact, in a small sample of 80 couples, the combination of those behaviors could be used to predict who would divorce over the next 14 years with 93% accuracy. The good news: While these behaviors are all things that people probably do sometimes, it's the frequency of behaviors that matters ... and, better yet, they're all things that you can change. At PsySociety, Melanie Tannenbaum uses the amazingly spot-on example of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries to illustrate how unhealthy arguments can lead to relationship collapse.

Last wish of married lesbian soldier dying of breast cancer: "Let DOMA die before I do"

Charlie Morgan, a 47-year-old career soldier in the late stages of metastatic breast cancer, says she hopes to live long enough to see the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) overturned, so that her wife will receive the benefits that a widow in a hetero couple would receive. “I’m praying that they take it up soon,” Morgan told the Washington Post in a phone interview from her home in New Durham, NH “It’s my motivation for staying alive. I really need to be alive when they actually do overturn DOMA, otherwise Karen is not guaranteed anything.” Read the rest here.