That Piece About Nigeria And America’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

US-Visa1This write-up was done by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, and originally published on cnn.com.  It’s titled ‘Why are Nigerians terrified of same-sex marriage in America?’ And in my opinion, I think the title is misleading because the write-up certainly doesn’t explore any answers to that question.

But that’s just me. Read and let us know what you think.

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Late in 2014 when my friend, Zachary, invited me to his wedding taking place in The Berkshires this September, I was less concerned about having to travel all the way from Abuja to Massachusetts. Zachary is gay. “What if lightning comes and strikes the building?” I asked. He replied that there had so far been under 100, 000 gay marriages in the U.S. – and no bolts. “Of course, my partner and I could be the last straw,” he added.

That exchange may have been facetious, but many Nigerians are genuinely terrified of gay marriage. And they are distraught over the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalize gay marriage in America. Continue reading

Before The US Supreme Court Ruling, Here’s How Some Kids Reacted To Gay Marriage

anigif_enhanced-buzz-20160-1383602348-14TheFineBros showed 13 children between the ages of 5 and 13 two different viral proposal videos – one of a man proposing to a man, and another of a woman proposing to a woman – and filmed their reactions.

Some of the kids were definitely a little bit confused at first.  for the most part, they thought the videos were really cute, and didn’t quite get why these adorable proposals would upset anyone.

Here are a few excerpts from the video that I found interesting. First is the one that really cracked me up. Continue reading

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.

Gay-Bashing Criminals Become First Same-Sex Couple To Wed in Prison

gay-murderers-marryQuite a turnaround – from murdering gay people to becoming a wedded gay couple.

Two convicted murderers detained in one of Britain’s toughest prisons have become the first gay couple to marry in jail, The Guardian reports.

Mikhail Gallatinov and Marc Goodwin exchanged vows in Full Sutton prison, a top security facility in East Yorkshire, England, in what is believed to be the first same-sex marriage (or civil partnership) to take place in a prison since the equal marriage act was introduced.

Both men are serving life sentences for gay-bashing crimes. Gallatinov, 40, is a convicted pedophile who was sentenced in 1997 for murdering a man he had met through a gay chat line. Goodwin, 31, was jailed 10 years later for a homophobic killing on Blackpool seafront.

At their wedding ceremony, the pair exchanged vows they had written in front relatives, fellow prisoners, and four prison officers. Continue reading

‘Jesus would support same-sex marriage.’ – says Elton John

elton_john_and_david_furnish_sIn the same-sex marriage debate, Elton John believes he knows where Jesus would’ve stood.

The musician, who plans to marry his partner David Furnish next year, talked to Sky News on Sunday about how pleased he is with Pope Francis and how he wishes the Church of England would show greater support for his message.

“The new Pope has excited me so much by his humanity,” John said. “He’s stripped it down to the bare bones and said it’s all basically about love and taking everybody in, inclusiveness. And that has to be encouraged by the Church of England.”

So when it comes to issues such as vows of celibacy for Catholic priests and gay clergymen being able to marry, John said the church needs to catch up with the times. Continue reading