Why civil unions could work.

We live in a country where church and state are to be divided. That is what our founders wished this nation to be formed around. The past few years has brought in the controversial issue of gay marriage. Why is it that a compromise cannot be met? Is it because the government being run by a conservative office be unable to pass this right? Is the public too divided amongst the issue. In reality, gay and lesbian couples do not want to 'rock the foundations of religeon' as many evangelical christans or basic conservatives would like to think. They just want to be recognized by the state and their nation as a couple. Two human beings who love eachother and wish to live with oneanother, maybe even raise a family. We certainly allow adoption for gay and lesbian couples, so why not connect a family together with that big m word that everyone seems to be in conflict about? It seems if we allowed gays and lesbians to be allowed the right to file for a marriage license, but leave it up to the churches whether they allow a cermonial service or not for them, it would make a strong compromise where both can be somewhat appeased.

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Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.

Susan Silbermann, Global President of Pfizer Vaccines, looks on as a health care worker administers a vaccine in Rwanda. Photo: Courtesy of Pfizer.
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The best-selling author tells us his methods.

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Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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Strange Maps
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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.

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Culture & Religion
  • The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
  • The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
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