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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why not support marriage equality?

After reading the article “Anti-gay Family Research Council launches fundraiser to stop "fake marriages," I’m shocked by some of the beliefs and assumptions.

Different studies in the past stated that married individuals have better mental health when compared to unwed individuals. It has also been found that the more commitment in the relationship, the better the overall well-being of those involved (Shulman, 2012, p. 159-160).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why can't the LGBT community be Irish for a day? | UPDATED

I have always loved a good parade. I grew up in New York and had the good fortune of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade every year. It was a family tradition for us. We saw it in person at least once, but always watched it on TV while dinner was cooking.

COMMENTARY: Pondering results of an electing inaction at CSUSM

Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as acceptance — by the perpetrators, the public and, worse, the victims. Decent people must take action; if we don’t, hate persists. Southern Poverty Law Center

COMMENTARY: What's up with all these kids in the neighborhood?

Have you noticed that Uptown neighborhoods are loaded with little kids these days? Morley Field is swarming with pre-K soccer teams. You can hardly walk down a South Park sidewalk without being sideswiped by a stroller. Rambunctious rugrats are running roughshod in respectable restaurants.

Well, you can thank me, among others, for what most Uptownies I’ve talked to agree is clearly a trend around these parts: raising children in our decidedly un-suburban environments.

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COMMENTARY: It’s what - and not who - killed Whitney Houston

A new allegation has surfaced that pop superstar Whitney Houston was murdered.

Legal television commentator Nancy Grace ignited a firestorm of criticism speculating Houston's death might have been a homicide.

"I'd like to know who was around her, who, if anyone gave her drugs, following alcohol and drugs, and who let her slip, or pushed her, underneath that water," Grace told CNN.

On Feb. 11, Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

COMMENTARY: How Kirk Cameron and Focus on the Family have this “we love gays” all wrong!

With evangelical Kirk Cameron’s comments on Piers Morgan last week (March 2, 2012) that homosexuality is "unnatural ... detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," the question of “hate speech” has taken centered stage again.

“Some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community,” Cameron told ABCNews.com in an email statement on March 6.

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COMMENTARY: Enough of "maid in America" for African-American actresses

When Viola Davis lost the Oscar for Best Actress portraying an African-American maid in Katherine Stockett’s "The Help" to Meryl Streep portraying former Britain Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady" at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, there was a collective sigh of relief from many of us African-American sisters.

Tulane University professor Melissa Harris-Perry, the author of an upcoming book on racial stereotypes, summed up my feelings best when she told MSNBC that "what killed me was that in 2011, Viola Davis was reduced to playing a maid."

LETTER TO COMMUNITY: Love Honor Cherish remains unwavering in its urgent pursuit of marriage equality

We have come so far. To think of the change that has happened in our nation in February alone is mind-boggling. Every day, we move closer towards marriage equality nationwide.

It’s thanks to supporters like you who continue to stand with us with your unwavering support, who continue to tell friends, family and co-workers about the importance of marriage equality, and who refuse to accept second-class citizenship, whether it’s for yourself or your LGBT loved ones.

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COMMENTARY: Speaking about Jeremy Lin - Stop the racial "Linsanity"

With two weeks of fairy tale play this February, New York Knicks basketball player Jeremy Lin went from unknown NBA draft reject to the underdog sports hero who sparked “Linsanity.”

Along the way, media outlets and fans have commented about his academic prowess (a Harvard degree!) and unfurled a barrage of Lin puns (“Linning!” and “Lincredible!”). Perhaps all too predictably, Lin’s rise has come with observations about his race – sparking pride among Asian-Americans, but also debate about racism in sports and America.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why Bradley Manning's identity shall remain private

For 18 months, an Army soldier had been held as a political prisoner by the U.S. government with no trial. This soldier is accused of sharing classified information with the world media through the website Wikileaks. There is much about this story that is not well-known, including the guilt or innocence of Pvt. Bradley Manning.