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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

So, what's going on with the whole gay marriage thing?

After skirting the issue for most of his term in office, President Obama recently spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage, stating that, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” While every news outlet from here to Jupiter has expressed their varying opinions on the President’s proclamation, it’s safe to say that this issue isn’t going anywhere soon.

Chris Kirk and Hanna Rosin have analyzed the marriage and divorce rates in the six states that allow same-sex marriage. The verdict? Divorce rates have remained mostly the same; marriage rates saw brief jumps immediately after same-sex marriage was legalized and then leveled off around the previous rates.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal are representing 25 couples in Illinois suing in the pursuit of legalizing same-sex marriage. Illinois enacted civil unions a year ago, but most couples involved in the lawsuits want the same recognition as heterosexual couples.

Tracy Thorne-Begland, an openly gay judge who lives with his partner and two children, was blocked by the Virginia House of Delegates in his bid for a position on a general district court. According to Bob Marshall, Virginia state Delgate, Thorne-Begland’s sexual orientation makes him “an aggressive activist for the pro-homosexual agenda.”

If you were wondering about gay marriage in the comic book world, look no further than the Astonishing X-Men #51. Northstar, the Canadian superhero who came out in 1992, will wed his partner Kyle in the volume to be released on June 20th.

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