Nintendo Introduces Same-Sex Marriage in Role-Playing Game

fire-emblem-fatesA Nintendo videogame released in Japan on Wednesday and drops in the U.S. in 2016 will break new ground by including the option for same-sex marriage for the first time.

The characters in the popular role-playing game series, Fire Emblem will be able to marry people of the same sex. Nintendo issued this statement to announce the decision:

“We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game’s scenario and the nature of the game play. In the end of course, the game should be fun to play. We feel that Fire Emblem Fates is indeed enjoyable to play and we hope fans like the game.”

The gaming company had previously received criticism for not offering same-sex relationship options in its games. The new game will be called Fire Emblem Fates in North America and is playable on Nintendo’s handheld 3DS console.

That Piece On What The True Story In America Is

Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The rights of married same-sex couples will come under scrutiny at the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in the second of two landmark cases being considered by the top judicial panel. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law that outlawed gay marriage on Tuesday, they will take up a challenge to the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The 1996 law prevents couples who have tied the knot in nine states -- where same-sex marriage is legal -- from enjoying the same federal rights as heterosexual couples. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

John Pavlovitz, Christian, pastor and humanist, has come through again in a new write-up titled ‘The True Story Of Today In America.’ Read and be inspired.

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We all have stories we like to tell ourselves; narratives we create to frame the world around us.

Those stories often help cushion the blows and soften the impact when things around us are too frightening, too disorienting, too difficult for our minds to deal with.

These stories are often largely well-crafted fiction, born out of fear and desperation, and the sense of something slipping quickly through fingers: control.

Many scared Christians were telling stories today. Continue reading

Pro Wrestler Matt Cage Comes Out

1013828_10151984706406161_1679178327_nProfessional wrestler ‘Money’ Matt Cage has come out publicly as gay.

The athlete and entertainer – real name Matt Hullum – shared the news in a Facebook post last week (June 18), saying that trying to keep his sexuality a secret had left him stressed and depressed.

Cage – who performs on the indie wrestling circuit in the US – revealed that he had previously told close friends that he was bisexual, but had “no real intentions” of pursuing women romantically.

And explaining that rejection had always been one of his “biggest fear”, he added that he hoped the announcement wouldn’t change how people viewed him in the wrestling industry.

Below is the full post, which he titled ‘Here Goes Nothing’, and which has already received over a hundred shares on Facebook. Continue reading

US Supreme Court rules in favour of gay marriage nationwide

Gay rights supporters celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, June 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Gay rights supporters celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, June 26, 2015. 

The US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States.

In a landmark 5-4 decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority ruled that marriage is a constitutional right for all.

“No union is more profound than marriage,” he wrote, saying that the hope of gay people intending to marry “is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” Continue reading

Justin M. Quinn: I Want My Dad To Finally Come Out

singles 54Originally published on advocate.com

My father’s gay. As our nation stumbles steadily towards long-overdue legal equity for same-sex couples and their families, I’m grateful to know that doesn’t necessarily make me a rarity these days. My father’s gay. I’ve known since I was 16, when a confluence of events (his repeated “solo” trips to Key West, his membership at an all-male gym, the discovery of his Playgirl stash) forced my siblings and me to reevaluate our entire family dynamic. My father’s gay. In the 20 years since, I’ve shared those exact same words with my best friends, a few girlfriends, and a therapist who is, I’m quite certain, the closest thing I’ll ever have to an attentive paternal figure. It’s too bad I have to pay him.

I don’t normally lead with this information, but I’m not dishonest about it either. If you’re curious enough to wonder out loud how my parents have stayed married for 40 years, I’d tell you the truth: No, it’s not one of those marriage-takes-many-shapes “understandings” that’s keeping them together. That would at least be a step toward openness and acceptance. My father and mother are still married because he lies about his sexuality and she chooses to believe him. It wasn’t always this clear to me. Continue reading

This Is How You School A Homophobe

Absalom is one of those people I’m just grateful to call friend. One of his qualities – his intelligence (and his crazy, lol). He recently had it out with a female friend of his on the ever-controversial issue of – what else? – homosexuality. And below is an extract from their chatversation.

It all began with her attempting to introduce Absalom to a guy for some professional assistance. It turns out that the guy is gay and she mentioned that. And so, Absalom pounced. Lol. Check on it.

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Chris Pratt Doesn’t Mind Men Being Objectified

chris prattGame Of Thrones actor, Kit Harrington and hottie Math teacher, Pietro Boselli have been vocal about their detestation for the perception of them as sex symbols.

But Jurassic World star Chris Pratt thinks both men and women should enjoy being treated like pieces of meat. Asked by Radio 4’s Front Row whether his freshly acquired abs and biceps have opened up new doors for him, the actor responded: “A huge part of how my career has shifted is based on the way that I look, on the way that I’ve shaped my body to look.” Continue reading

Footballer Cavani slaps Chile defender for inserting finger into his anus

cavaniarse2_3353141bWetin dey hungry some people sha. Lol.

So, apparently, Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara let his finger wander a bit too far during a recent match with Uruguay. He patted Uruguay star Edinson Cavani on the butt, then inserted a finger into his butt. Cavani turned and flicked a hand into Jara’s face, who fell on the ground like he’d been kicked. Cavani was sent off after the incident because he already had one yellow card. The match officials didn’t see what the defender had done to Cavani. But after the match, post match cameras showed what had happened and Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is asking Jara to be sanctioned, saying Cavani had been the victim of provocation.

Chile won the match 1-0. Watch the video after the cut. Continue reading