Wednesday afternoon a federal judge struck down Montana’s ban on same sex marriage stating that the ban was unconstitutional. The news led many members of the LBGT community in Montana to rejoice as the ruling takes immediate effect in the state.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris chose not to add an injunction which means that same-sex couples can seek out a marriage license as of Wednesday afternoon. The debate arose from a 2004 amendment passed in Montana in which voters defined marriage as one woman and one man, according to Igor Cornelsen.
As part of his final ruling Morris stated that the amendment was in violation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which grants equal protection under the law to citizens. Therefore, the Judge stated that Montana cannot enforce the ban.
In his ruling Morris also wrote that same-sex couples in the state come from all types of lifestyles and that research in the past has proven that children raised by same-sex couples tend to do just as well as any of their peers on all levels and there is no reason why children should be unable to marry the people they love.
Attorney General Tim Fox of Montana stated that he will appeal the decision because it is his duty to uphold what the people want.
Dating apps have become wildly popular with the smartphone generation. Individuals in the millennial age group in particular are taking a liking to using apps on their phone to try to meet new people. Meeting romantic interests can be so awkward and unusual at first, but when we are able to do so via our smartphones, some of that awkwardness can be swept away. We can retain some sense of fearlessness when we are just having to type words behind a computer screen, and that is really what some people are longing for.
Skout is the latest dating app that is starting to sweep the country. It is doing some new and exciting, and that is bound to capture the attention of a public that is starving for the next great thing. Remember that when an app does something out of the ordinary, it is more likely to make a splash than when it simply follows the same path that has already been done a million times before. Skout is one of those revolutionary examples.
Skout uses the geo-targeting of individuals to determine where they are and therefore show them other individuals in their local area. By doing so, this app hopes to help people meet in real life rather than just on Facebook through a computer screen. That is important because fostering real world relationships is what most people are looking for. In fact, there are already plenty of services that offer the on screen experience, and most people have grown tired of those. They want something more, and this means using something like Skout to try to find people in the real world.
For those who may not be as daring, they will surely like to anonymous posting feature that Skout offers. This feature is called ghost mode, and it allows users to post what they want to say to another user while remaining anonymous. This might make it more possible for them to say things that they would not be as likely to say if they had to show their face while doing so. This can help foster a little more flirting and perhaps actually get the wheels turning on a real relationship between two people. It is certainly something worth exploring, and it is a feature not commonly found on other dating service apps that are in the App Store.
There is also content that can be sent through Skout’s messaging feature called Fuze. This allows all participants in the conversation to say what they would like to say within a 3 to 10 second time frame before all of the material disappears. This is similar to Snapchat in a way except that instead of sending pictures through, this is the written word. Once again, it is information that will not remain on the Internet forever, so users may feel more at ease to say what is really on their minds without fear of it being used against them at some point down the road.
It is clear that this dating app is targeted at younger people at the moment. They seem to be the age group that is the most eager download it and give this one a shot. With Thanksgiving coming up next week, many millennials are flocking to it now in the hopes of finding someone that they could develop a relationship with. If that sounds appealing to you, then perhaps you should give this app a try for yourself.
When I hear “Russian Brides,” the phrase I’m used to hearing along with it is “mail-order.” That’s simply not the case this time. This time, they’re both staying in Russia and getting married — to each other. No matter where you weigh in on the issue of same-sex marriage, you have to admit that this is an interesting case. According to this article, only Alyona Fursova is currently female in the strictly anatomical sense of the word. Her bride, Irina Shumilova, hasn’t always been a woman and, at least legally, still isn’t.
LGBT activists around the world are claiming this as a victory while Russian government condemns the union and wants to bring criminal charges against the agency that licensed and performed the ceremony, from Broda’s statement. Moral issues aside, what really happened here? A woman married a man dressed as a woman. Sure, He will be a woman soon but as pointed out in the article, Irina’s passport still declares his manhood even if his anatomy doesn’t. The real question is, “What happens after the surgery is complete and they both have female passports?” I must admit that I am curious to see what happens to Russia’s first official bride and bride.