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Kids React to Gay Marriage Ruling

Two years ago, the then-5-year-old boy said that he opposed marriage equality. Today, he has proudly evolved. Here's what he said about why he initially opposed: Last time I was concerned. I am in a higher grade. I read more books, get more information about stuff. I feel different now. My dad and my mom told me about it, 'there's a new law that boy and boy, and girl and girl can get gay and get married. And I just want you to know that it's okay to do that.

This is why the SCOTUS ruling matters. Follow his example and "read more books and get more information about stuff", people! #LoveWins   #LGBT   #marriage  
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kids are their own wonders..
did you see the flag flying young lady...!!!


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Organizations, religious leaders, and the NYC CODEL and local politicians address New Yorkers, hailing the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, on Christopher Street, near the site of the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots.
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#LoveWins  Marriage Equality in the USA.

"The right of same-sex couples to marry that is part of
the liberty promised by the Fourteenth Amendment is
derived, too, from that Amendment’s guarantee of the
equal protection of the laws."

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TODAY COULD BE THE DAY FOR MARRIAGE 

The Supreme Court is expected to rule TODAY or MONDAY on marriage equality across the United States. A ruling may come in as soon as a few minutes. The time is now. #ProudToLove   #LoveCantWait   #MarriageEquality  +Human Rights Campaign 
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It is! It is!!!!
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SCOTUS to rule on marriage this week or Monday!!

I am standing on the right side of history. I stand with +Human Rights Campaign for #MarriageEquality   #LoveCantWait   http://hrc.org/red 

The Supreme Court is expected to rule later this week or Monday on marriage equality in the United States. I'm hopeful that the Court's decision will end #LGBTPrideMonth  on a positive note.
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Are you listening, BBC? America Needs You -- 
Why America Needs Question Time:

There's no shortage of Americans available to remind you that elected politicians often forget who put them in office. Once elected, priorities change, constituencies often differ (neighbors and constituents vs. lobbyists, etc.), and relationships change. Elected politicians have an obligation to the government in which they represent, and sometimes -- as unfortunate as it may be -- change is made best from the outside.

That being said, politicians far too often are not held accountable by the people who elected them, and faith and distrust of government will continue to grow as long as politicians remove themselves from the most integral part of the political process: debate.

Now, while the UK has got its own problems to sort -- and believe me, that list is long, just like any other industrialized nation -- a popular UK television program(me) called Question Time finds a brilliant way of holding politicians and political individuals accountable to the public; at the very least, via a public debate.

In case you've not seen an episode of Question Time, here's a roundup: the program is produced by public broadcaster, BBC, which invites five individuals to participate in a panel debate in front of a live studio audience, who ask questions and deliver comments to the panel. While members of the panel represent different aspects of UK politics: government representatives, authors, pundits, candidates, scholars -- they are each treated fairly and in the same regard. There's a degree of respect amongst the panel without any ridiculous hierarchy and ego-inflating rubbish commonly found in American television. Members of the panel realize that their titles are not as important as the content coming from their mouths.

In American politics, as opposed to productive debate, Americans, unfortunately, witness only the public arguments and nicety that hasn't gotten us anywhere. The real debate happens behind-the-scenes in the so-called "backroom" (see: Albany, NY). Americans are disinterested in public policy, ill-informed in the affairs of government, and have been too excluded from the democratic process to care very much about the issues we face -- a dilemma that will only worsen. When as few as 1 in 10 Americans support the Congress and when as many as 60-70% disagree with the work of the government, there is much to be done. After all, governments only work when they have the consent of the governed, right?

One is not advocating a series of "President's Questions", in which the President would sit on Capitol Hill and answer compromising questions from the opposition. 

But, America, you need Question Time. You deserve it. Americans deserve an opportunity to see our political leaders defend their beliefs. Americans deserve an opportunity to see political leaders challenged in an open and respectful environment. If trust is ever to be resotred between the public and the government, political leaders will need to be held accountable for their beliefs, their political actions, and the affairs of their government. In an era in which petty politics dominates the news coverage, it's time for national media to make a (literally) smart investment and give it a fair shot. 

A daily program on a major broadcast network (like CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC) or perhaps a digital revolutionary like YouTube (are you listening, Google? ;)) would go a long way. Cable networks featuring programs with political pundits are entertaining, but do not challenge the decision makers. Current programs do not create a fair, legitimate platform for putting decisionmakers and pundits on the spotlight. The right kind of spotlight - where stories are generated with substance. 

Programs today have not thus far met this need. Are you listening, networks and platforms? It's time to empower Americans and light the fire anew. America needs a program that empowers viewers, not the political mouthpieces.

Any of you G+ers watch #BBCQT  too? What're your thoughts?
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+Rodney Mulraney Agree with you 100% about Question Time although the tendency you describe is really not at all subtle there - it's very thinly veiled to the extent that QT alone really challenges why UK citizens are forced to pay a TV licence fee of £150 a year to the BBC (a licence to lawfully own a TV capable of receiving radio wave transmissions). Much of the QT bias is also very firmly anchored in the mannerisms and affectations of the British Establishment - Dimbleby is a lightning rod for activating all sorts of "sensible" assumptions about the worth of competing perspectives. As for scientific papers - these papers are just as open to influence by cultural and corporate currents as well as flaws in inductive reasoning.
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"You be good to mama, she'll be good to you."

Celebrating the end of Pride in DC
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MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THE US of A. FINALLY!
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Forward: US Supreme Court Rules (again) Obamacare is CONSTITUTIONAL
Despite Republicans' attempts to strip 6.3 million Americans of healthcare, the High Court saves it.

Congratulations, America! In a surprise majority opinion -- which was written by the Republican Chief Justice appointed by George W. Bush -- the Court writes that "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them."

That's right -- Republicans would have destroyed the healthcare market just to strip 6.3 million Americans of healthcare. According to recent figures, if Republicans removed "Obamacare" the US deficit would be higher than we'd initially thought. The ACA is working. It could use some work, but it's working!

#SCOTUS   #Obamacare   #ACA   #PPACA   #Forward  
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Kenneth the ACA is bankrupting hospitals, skyrocketing premiums, and surging deductibles. They interpreted the intention of the bill rather than the real words. 
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Movie Recommendation: GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANNE AMSALEM

Last weekend I watched 2014 release Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, a film about a middle-aged Israeli woman's five-year journey to receive a divorce from her husband.

The film is enlightening, provocative, comical at times, and overall heartbreaking. I had no idea that it was so difficult for a woman in Israel to divorce her husband -- and she could only divorce him with his full consent. So, she took him to court for more than two years in an attempt to have a panel of rabbinical "judges" force her husband to consent to the divorce - only it did not work. It is almost painful to watch Viviane Amsalem sit in court over two years and address the sexism, emotional abuse, and judgment passed onto her by everyone in her community. The film is more intense and less predictable than I'd imagined, as a result of strong directing and impassioned performances.

#movies   #Gett  
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I shot myself because I love you.
If I loved myself
I'd be shooting you. 
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"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again." - Quaker Proverb

Kenn is a young media professional in the Greater NYC area. He is a graduate of political science and legal studies. He's interested in communications and media production. 

He's passionate about civics education, youth empowerment and human rights. A strategist and aide to leading local, national, and international political figures, he is driven by his dream of a more compassionate and empathetic world. 

"Well, you're gonna win.... Or you're gonna lose. Either way the sun's gonna come up the next morning." Coach, Friday Night Lights

Kenn enjoys learning about cultures and individual's life experiences (a reader of biographical accounts). Google+ is a brilliant forum to broaden cultural and international understanding, and foster communication between individuals that may never have the opportunity to meet vis-a-vis. 

Oh, and please call him Kenn. ;) 


Television Series to Watch:
  • Extant, CBS*
  • The Good Wife, CBS
  • How To Get Away With Murder, ABC
  • State of Affairs, NBC*
  • Empire, NBC*
  • Transparent, Amazon Studios
  • Looking, HBO
  • Downton Abbey, PBS
*Denotes must-watch series.
**Updated 3/23/2015
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