The Queen of England Is Officially More Progressive Than The G.O.P.

Her Majesty, who has seen and been a part of humanitarian efforts for so long, had to make this decision. Besides, she has Corgi’s and that also makes her cool. LLTQ.

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Trooping the Colour, 16th June 2007

England and Wales join the fifteen states (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and Uruguay) who have all passed comprehensive legislation allowing gay couples to marry. And the best part is that the Queen is totally cool with it:

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II gave final approval Wednesday to Britain’s controversial same-sex marriage bill, bestowing her royal assent as is common to all new laws.

The measure passed its final legislative hurdle on Tuesday when the House of Commons approved the bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in religious and civil ceremonies.

The announcement in the House of Commons of the queen’s action prompted cheers from lawmakers.

Previously, gay and lesbian couples could enter into “civil partnerships” in Britain that carry almost the same rights as marriage. About 50,000 partnerships have been registered since 2005.

Interestingly enough, the bill…

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Should Oral Sex Be a Crime?

Oh my, someone tell Michael Douglas!!!

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My news feed this morning started with a major scare that Time’s arrow actually was turning backwards. I read that the state of Virginia may make all oral and anal sex illegal. I took a while to compose myself and enjoy a fried egg sandwich before I read the details of this shocker.

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First, it isn’t the state of Virginia that wants to make any form of sex that won’t lead to more babies (often unwanted) but it was only the Republican contender for governor of the state that was advocating the criminalization of oral and anal sex. Please note the irony: he also campaigns on the value of less government in our lives, less regulation, and more personal freedom to thrive on our downward slide on one of the greatest transfers of wealth the world has ever known.

Of course the re-criminalization of sodomy doesn’t have anything to do with…

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Girls in STEM: The Women of NASA

I was the only female in my Physics and Calculus classes. Most of my career was in a male-dominated field. Yet, I survived and succeeded. There were many jobs I did not get, and many activities I was not “allowed” to participate in, and certainly many questions i.e. “What is a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?”

STEM initiatives cannot ever go away. In fact, they should be cemented into the US Constitution by the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

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If you have about 50 minutes of time I strongly encourage you to watch the video below. It’s an all-women panel made up of NASA employees discussing how to get more girls and women into the STEM field. But what is STEM you might ask. Let me clear that up for you real quick.

STEM is an acronym of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In Germany, this is referenced as MINT. While the number of women in this field has increased over the last couple of decades it is still not made up equally of men and women, men are domineering these fields and that is something education policies are trying to address. As an Industrial Engineer, I fall into this STEM field and it’s true. Of the 200-something first year students, less than 50 were female. My AP math and physics classes in high school were made up of…

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