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  • Are Same-Sex Couples Just Like You?

    06/07/2014 2:03:05 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 30 replies
    Canon & Culture ^ | May 23, 2014 | Glenn Stanton
    “We are loving, committed and faithful couples just like anyone else.” If you’ve paid the slightest bit of attention to the same-sex marriage debate, you’ve heard this very statement in some iteration. It’s not true by some important measures though. 1. Same-sex male couples are dramatically more likely to be unfaithful than heterosexual couples. 2. Committed lesbian relationships are more likely to break up than both male-male and opposite-sex couples, by dramatic margins. Those are two very important differences, unarguably judging the “we’re no different” dogma incorrect. What support is there for these stark differences? First, it should be noted...
  • The Real Reason Couples Have SexTwo New Studies Examine What Motivates Couples to Have Sex

    10/26/2013 9:39:29 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 21 October 2013 | Elizabeth Bernstein
    For years, Julie Brinton's days have been filled with sippy cups and skinned knees, and the endless push of getting three young children through dinner time, bath time, bedtime. By the time she crawls into bed each night, she has one thing on her mind: zoning out to an hour or so of TV. But some nights, her husband, Rob, reaches over to rub her shoulders and offer her a back rub. And then Ms. Brinton thinks: "Has it really been three weeks? I guess we should probably have sex." "I will do it for him," says Ms. Brinton, 34,...
  • Military same-sex couples to get full benefits (Fort Hood victims get nothing)

    08/14/2013 2:30:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/14/13 | David S. Cloud
    WASHINGTON — Same-sex military couples will qualify for full benefits, including government-provided healthcare and housing allowances, as long as they are legally married, under new rules announced by the Pentagon. The requirement for same-sex couples to be married is a shift for the Pentagon, which in February announced that full benefits would be provided to members of the military and same-sex spouses if they attested they were in a “committed relationship.” But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that finding a way for unmarried, long-term couples to qualify for benefits “is no longer necessary,” since a Supreme Court ruling in...
  • Obama: 'I think same sex couples should be able to get married'

    05/09/2012 12:49:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 5/9/12 | Michael O'Brien
    Updated 3:15 p.m. ET- President Barack Obama endorsed the right of same-sex couples to marry on Wednesday, a landmark pronouncement made in light of mounting pressure from gay rights advocates. Obama became the first U.S. president to back the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry, a reversal from views expressed during the 2008 campaign, when he said he opposed same-sex marriage but favored civil unions as an alternative. Obama told ABC News that, after reflection, he had "concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples...
  • Common Sense Challenge to Lesbians and Gays

    08/18/2011 12:00:58 PM PDT · by GADEL · 17 replies
    HubBlogs with GADEL ^ | 18th August 2011 | GADEL
    A PRACTICAL CHALLENGE TO HOMOSEXUALS: I challenge the advocates of same-sex marriage and the entire sodomite community to gather themselves in a town exclusive to their perversion and see whether in 100 years they would not be in extinction? “Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address” Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Census: Gay couple households boom in Utah

    07/28/2011 10:18:23 PM PDT · by zippythepinhead · 11 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 07/28/2011 | Associated Press
    Molly Butterworth, a Salt Lake City resident, liked that the 2010 Census form allowed her to identify her "Person 2" as both Chinese and white, correctly reflecting the diversity in her household. She also was pleased she could report that person as her "wife," even though her Massachusetts marriage license is not recognized in Utah.
  • Ex-spy: May be 50 undercover Russian couples in US

    06/29/2010 8:40:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 2+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/29/10 | Vladimir Isachenkov and David Stringer - ap
    MOSCOW – One of the Cold War's most famous defectors says Russia probably has about 50 deep-cover couples — and maybe even up to 60 of them — spying inside the United States. Oleg Gordievsky, a former deputy head of the KGB in London who defected in 1985, said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev would know the number of illegal operatives in each target country. The 71-year-old ex-double agent .. "there's usually 40 to 50 couples, all illegal." "The president will know the number, and in each country how many — but not their names," said Gordievsky, .. The FBI announced...
  • Lowly females pick mediocre mates

    10/10/2009 11:50:11 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 49 replies · 3,478+ views
    news ^ | 8 October 2009 | Victoria Gill
    Low-quality females prefer low-quality males, at least in the avian world. This is according to research published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B, testing female zebra finches' taste in males. As adults, the low-quality females showed a preference for the songs of males of the same quality, and for the male birds themselves. Evolutionary biologists previously thought that females would always opt for the best male available. The study was led by Marie-Jeanne Holveck from the Centre of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France. She explained that low- and high-quality birds differ in almost every important characteristic, including...
  • Army Program Builds ‘Strong Bonds’ Among Couples, Families

    03/24/2009 5:33:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 182+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2009 – As one spouse tried to navigate the other across a room and through a minefield of foam toys, the games had begun at the Army’s “Strong Bonds” marriage retreat near Baltimore. Army Staff Sgt. Jennifer Garcia and her husband, Army Cpl. Paul Garzon, both with the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, share a moment while practicing new communication skills learned during the first day of an Army Strong Bonds love retreat, near Baltimore, Feb. 12, 2009. DoD photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “What these workshops do is it helps...
  • Marriage ruling favors NY gay couples

    05/17/2007 8:52:00 AM PDT · by bedolido · 8 replies · 613+ views
    newsday ^ | 5-16-2007 | JULIET CHUNG
    Same-sex couples from New York whose marriages in Massachusetts faced a legal challenge there have valid marriages in that state, a Massachusetts court found last week, meaning their marriages are presumably legal in New York as well, lawyers say. The court's judgment affects what lawyers say is at least dozens of New Yorkers who married in Massachusetts between May 2004, when Massachusetts began marrying same-sex couples, and July 2006.
  • Kidney donation ends couple's separation [Chip needed a kidney and Cindy offered him one of hers]

    05/04/2007 6:40:24 AM PDT · by bedolido · 2 replies · 219+ views
    mercurynews ^ | 05-04-2007 | staff writer
    ALLENTOWN, Pa.- A couple who grew apart and had agreed to split up were reunited by a life-threatening crisis. After more than 10 years of marriage, Chip and Cindy Altemos agreed about 5 years ago to separate, see other people, and begin divorce proceedings. But when 48-year-old Chip was hospitalized with kidney failure in September, Cindy, 49, offered him one of hers.
  • Wash. initiative would require married couples to have kids

    02/06/2007 2:25:42 PM PST · by RoadTest · 48 replies · 1,380+ views
    NWCN.com ^ | 12:59 PM PST on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 | KING5.com Staff and Associated Press
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - An initiative filed by proponents of same-sex marriage would require heterosexual couples to have kids within three years or else have their marriage annulled. Initiative 957 was filed by the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance. That group was formed last summer after the state Supreme Court upheld Washington's ban on same-sex marriage. Under the initiative, marriage would be limited to men and women who are able to have children. Couples would be required to prove they can have children in order to get a marriage license, and if they did not have children within three years, their...
  • 65 Percent of Americans Spend More Time with Their Computer than Their Spouse

    01/24/2007 9:16:14 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 47 replies · 1,010+ views
    newswire ^ | 22-jan-2007
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 65 percent of consumers are spending more time with a computer than with their significant other, according to new independent research commissioned by support.com. Conducted by independent research firm Kelton Research, the "Cyber Stress" study confirmed consumers' growing relationship with technology in their everyday lives. In fact, more than 8 out of 10 Americans (84%) say they are more dependent on their home computer now than they were just three years ago(1). Like any relationship, the test comes not when things are going well but when times are tough. And unfortunately in the...
  • Retreat reconnects couples before, after deployments

    05/01/2006 7:16:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 331+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Louis A. Arana-Barradas
    5/1/2006 - HUNT, Texas (AFPN) -- On the banks of the Guadalupe River, a veterans group hosts a retreat that helps couples reconnect so they can better cope with life after deployments. Six couples attended the retreat hosted by the Military, Veteran and Family Assistance Foundation at the Heart of the Hills Camp here from April 20 to 27. “I thought this was going to be very structured -- a mandatory fun kind of thing,” said Senior Airman Aaron Childs, who attended with his wife, Mellissa. “But it’s nothing like that. It’s laid back. Everyone is here to help you.”...
  • Brothers of the unpopped question

    04/25/2006 6:38:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 118 replies · 2,710+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 25, 2006 | LEONORA LAPETER with Matthew Waite and researcher Angie Drobnic Holan
    Twenty-five years ago, most men in the Tampa Bay area married by age 35. But since 1980, the number of never-married men 35 to 55 has jumped sevenfold. ST. PETERSBURG - On the eve of his 50th birthday, Robert Mendenhall was trying to decide whether to spend the big day with someone new or with his ex-girlfriend. She had held his interest the longest: eight months. Mendenhall, who works in regional sales for a roofing and window company, hangs out with half a dozen never-married men in their late 40s and early 50s. They are successful at their jobs, keep...
  • Cohabitation and Sex before marriage - a recipe for disaster.

    03/01/2006 7:15:47 AM PST · by klossg · 67 replies · 926+ views
    AOL Black Voices ^ | 2006-02-22 10:54:08 | Dr. Creflo A. Dollar
    Many times born again believers find themselves accepting the ways of society instead of the ways of God. The temptation to do this is tricky and in many cases has become the norm. You can simply pick up a magazine or turn on the TV, and instantly, you are exposed to compromising lifestyles. We must remember, however, that just because an idea, concept or way of life seems acceptable doesn't mean it is right in God's eyes. Popular shows display people living "cheerfully" in a manner that opposes God and his word. A prime example of this is the cohabitation...
  • Army helps couples stressed by Iraq duty

    02/21/2006 4:45:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 449+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Feb 21, 2006 | Carol Ann Alaimo
    In Iraq, where nights are long for a happily married soldier, Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Sandstrom yearned for the day he could put the war behind him and get home to his beloved wife and kids. After a year away, he'd pictured a return to wedded bliss. Instead, he felt "alienated and unimportant." His wife of 20-plus years, always an independent woman, had become, by necessity, the matriarch-in-charge. During his absence, she learned to run the household like clockwork without him. When their two sons, one a teen, the other a first-grader, needed guidance or advice, they'd automatically turn to...
  • Whispers With Bias (Card. Schoenborn of Vienna does NOT bless homosexual couples)

    02/21/2006 7:02:13 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies · 343+ views
    The Cafeteria is Closed ^ | February 20, 2006 | Gerald Augustinus
    WHISPERS WITH BIAS ....would be Rocco Palmo's Indian name. ... He reports on a blessing ceremony at the Cathedral of Vienna, where homosexuals where also blessed. His account, however, deliberate or not, is not quite accurate in the most crucial question. OK, it seems that St. Blog's will want some 'splaining on this one.... Gay couples were apparently included in the Valentine's Day liturgy at the Stephansdom in Vienna, and it's being hung around Schonborn's neck like an albatross. Well. Schoen langsam, Rocco. I've read the German article. What happened? Valentine's Day blessings (not a Mass) for "people in love",...
  • Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples

    07/08/2005 10:15:30 AM PDT · by Exton1 · 73 replies · 3,476+ views
    Family Research Council via Virtuosity Online ^ | April 2004 | Timothy J. Dailey, Ph.D.,
    Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples Family Research Council via Virtuosity Online ^ | April, 2004 | Timothy J. Dailey, Ph.D., http://www.virtuosityonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=650 Summary: Many times, homosexual relationships are touted as being no different than ordinary married couples. But research shows that in several key respects, the homosexual lifestyle differs radically from other types of relationships. by: Timothy J. Dailey, Ph. D. "Married and Gay Couples Not All that Different," proclaimed the headline of a news article portraying homosexual households as remarkably similar to married couples. "We're the couple next door," claimed one partnered homosexual. "We have...
  • N.J. court rules against same-sex couples

    06/14/2005 9:34:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 774+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/14/05 | Jeffrey Gold - AP
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A state appeals court ruled Tuesday that New Jersey's Constitution does not require the recognition of gay marriage, rejecting the efforts of seven same-sex couples who sued the state to allow them to marry. The panel, in a 2-1 decision, affirmed a lower court ruling that said legislators must change marriage laws before same-sex couples can wed. Without legislative action, "there is no basis for construing the New Jersey Constitution to compel the state to authorize marriages between members of the same sex," Appellate Judge Stephen Skillman wrote for the majority. Appellate Judge Donald G. Collester...
  • Marriage and the military

    01/01/2005 12:08:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Army has taken on a new mission: to help mend war-torn marriages. It's an admirable effort, as young service men and women are sent to harm's way for extended periods of time - including some stationed at Fort Huachuca. When they come home, they may have trouble adjusting back to everyday life, especially with children and spouses. As The Associated Press reported this week, 300 couples with the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division, which has had troops serve in Iraq, have attended "marriage enrichment" seminars. And surely there are others who need the help, too. According to the story,...
  • Mazuz backs rights of same-sex couples (Gay marriage in Israel?)

    12/09/2004 5:49:36 AM PST · by bedolido · 2 replies · 310+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/9/2004 | DAN IZENBERG
    Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz announced on Wednesday that unlike his predecessor, Elyakim Rubinstein, he favors upholding financial arrangements made between same-sex couples and that he had already changed the state's approach to this issue in cases that have come to court. Mazuz issued the statement in response to a ruling in Ramat Gan Family Court that sharply criticized the state's objection to a financial agreement between male partners who wanted to share paternal obligations regarding a child born to one of them.
  • Canada court mulls gay marriage

    10/08/2004 7:37:33 AM PDT · by X180A · 5 replies · 317+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 October | BBC
    Canada's Supreme Court has started a three-day hearing on whether gay marriage is constitutional.
  • Help! (Teen losing debates on gay marriage)

    12/01/2003 8:29:13 PM PST · by panther33 · 539 replies · 8,707+ views
    Greetings from a fellow FReeper! I am a fervent debater, and most anybody who's ever met me in person can testify to that. One of the most controversial issues I have been debating lately has been gay marriage. Does the U.S. government have a right to ban gay marriage? Can America justify making homosexuality illegal? As a proud Christian, I believe whole-heartedly in the Bible. There isn't the slightest doubt in my mind that the Bible finds homosexuality to be a highly immoral practice. However, when I am arguing with atheists or followers of other religions, especially over a political...
  • Marriage: a gray area for gay couples

    08/15/2003 7:04:42 AM PDT · by bedolido · 22 replies · 302+ views
    King5 News ^ | 08/15/03 | ELLEN LIANG
    SEATTLE - Now that Barbara and Heather Rhoads-Weaver of Seattle have taken advantage of Canada's new gay marriage law by tying the knot in Victoria, B.C., they have some legal questions to ponder. For instance, should they fill out their tax forms as single or married? When Barbara begins clerking for a Wash. State Supreme Court justice, how will she check her marital status on the human resources forms? "How do we truthfully fill out forms so we don't get penalized as trying to defraud the government?" she asks. The couple have no doubt in their own minds that they...