Love Always Wins – Marriage Equality

Exactly one week ago today I got to witness a marriage that wouldn’t have been acknowledged in the United States several years ago. Brock and Corey’s wedding on June 21, 2015 was legally recognized in Illinois and Washington (where they live), since then the tides have even pushed forward to allow marriage equality in all 50 states. Marriage equality is a huge win for a community of people that haven’t had this granted in every state; however with the 5-4 ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States on June 26, 2015 it is equal. Personally, over the past five years, I’ve witnessed several things that I never thought would be imaginable. From attending ex-gay therapy, coming out, being comfortable knowing I couldn’t change, meeting amazing friends, living in the Castro and meeting people who forever change my life. As mentioned above, I was honored to be asked to attend
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How Can we Learn The Meaning of Dedication From Veterans

Over the past few days, I’ve been trying to define one word – dedication. All that I can think about is how many men and women that are Veterans that lived this day in and day out. They put EVERYTHING on the line for our country. Saying goodbye to their family, friends and the world they once know out of pure dedication to serving our country for “X” amount of years. Two close people come to my mind yesterday on Veterans Day, my step-brother Blake and a high-school friend Greg. Both of them have gone over seas to fight for our country, dedicating their life, leaving behind their wife and kid(s). Dedication can come in many ways. One can be dedicated to their job, hobby, working out or whatever they want to spend their “efforts and time on.” Whatever that/those “something(s)” may be in your life it comes back to the following
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Government Shutdown – Or is the Bigger Question Reaching the Debt Ceiling?

As many people huff and puff about the government shutdown, do they not realize that the bigger discussion is around the corner? In about ten days we will hit the debt ceiling; and we all know what happened last time. We had a major financial crash, that was nearly on the verge of surpassing The Great Depression. After being a week into a government shutdown, which isn’t the concerning factor, but not having a government to discuss a debt ceiling crisis should be more of a topic. Our government going into default is a bigger tipping point than the government shutdown will ever fathom to be. Yet it plays a factor, it’s not the bigger question. With both sides not being able to come to an agreement on budget standards, we the people, are left with people in D.C. debating what and what shouldn’t be standard policy. Having neither side
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