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On Feb. 24, 2004, then-President George W. Bush announced that he supported a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, declaring it was the only way to protect the status of marriage between man and woman, which he called “the most fundamental institution of civilization.”


There are times in journalism when you pause and wonder if anyone is reading your words. It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing a sports column, an editorial, a film or theater review or the follow-up to a murder; sometimes you feel like you might have just an audience of one — yourself.

An increasing number of states are risking harm to children in foster care by allowing discrimination against LGBT people and others who wish to foster or adopt them. On March 10, South Dakota enacted a law stating that no child-placement agency may be required to provide services that conflict with its “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction,” even if they are receiving public funds or tax benefits — a move widely seen as targeting LGBT prospective parents. Similar bills have advanced in Alabama and Georgia, and others are pending in Oklahoma and Texas. Michigan, North Dakota and Virginia already have such laws in place.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the newest and most promising biomedical HIV-prevention intervention to date.  PrEP has been shown to be anywhere from 92-99-percent effective at preventing HIV transmission. In short, it is a game-changing prevention tool with the potential to dramatically impact rates of new HIV infection and potentially even bring an end to HIV in our lifetimes.  

Q: My advisor talks about how my accounts are doing compared to the “benchmark,” but I’m not really sure I understand what that means. Can you please help explain this?

A: Thanks for the question. It’s good to use benchmarks to track your investments over time. I’m sure your advisor would be able to explain this to you as well, but I’m more than happy to help you get started.

In light of recent events, it can be agreed that stress levels are high. Whether at work or out for dinner, you may feel the tension radiating from people checking their Facebook feeds or watching the news. According to the American Psychological Association, in 2015, 45 percent of Americans reported being stressed over a five-year period for various reasons, such as finances, politics, relationships and work-life balance. This is almost half of the American population that has increasing stress and very few outlets. It is important that people learn about the causes of stress, the underlying effects of stress and how exercise can be used as a preventative measure to reduce and even eliminate everyday stress.

So much has changed since that day in October when we all rejoiced at the announcement that the Supreme Court of the United States would hear G. G. v. Gloucester County School Board and review a decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the discrimination of transgender people in the educational system. We thought this case was potentially setting precedent that sexual identification is a classification eligible for legal protection. So much has changed since then that the very basis of the case and why SCOTUS agreed to hear it has been jeopardized.

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