Washington D.C.'s monuments are gorgeous and It's Okay to Be Smart's resident smartypants Joe Hanson is about to offer you some related geological factoids with which you can impress your friends on your next visit to the nation's capital.
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John Banvard, a 95-year-old World War II veteran married his partner, 67-year-old Gerard Nadeau, a Vietnam veteran at the Chula Vista Veteran's Home on Thursday. It was the facility's first gay wedding, FOX5 San Diego reports:
“We were waiting on the Supreme Court to make that decision,” said Banvard.
Many of the couple’s friends who live at the veteran’s home attended the small and simple ceremony. “The world is changing, we have to go along with it,” said one guest.
Facility director Neal Asper said news of two men getting married at the VA home wasn’t well received by everyone. A town hall meeting was held at the VA home to address concerns from other residents. “It’s been somewhat controversial,” said Asper. “I told them, they have the right to get married here just like everybody else.”
One resident told Fox5 he didn’t agree with Banvard and Nadeau’s celebration of their love for each other, but supported their legal right to do so.
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Back in June, Daniel Baer (above left) was nominated by President Obama to serve as the ambassador of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), becoming the fourth openly LGBT person to serve as a U.S. ambassador. Earlier this week, Baer uploaded a video of him sharing the mission of OSCE, detailing what he hopes to accomplish in his new position, and introducing his family - his partner Bryan and their greyhound Cleo.
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On a recent episode of a Romanian reality game show, a gay couple's wedding not only won the ceremony competition, but also became the very first televised broadcast of a gay wedding in Romania's history.
Daniel and Mihai, who have been together for 14 years, decided to share their Bucharest wedding with viewers as a statement because of Romania's laws prohibiting gay weddings or civil partnerships for same-sex couples.
Billed as a lifestyle reality game show, Four Weddings and a Challenge involves four brides/grooms attending each other's weddings and rating them on dress, venue, food and overall experience. Not only did Daniel and Mihai win the luxury honeymoon grand prize, the episode became the most watched TV production on that Thursday's evening prime time slot.
You can check out footage of the ceremony here. (note: a majority of the text and audio is in Romanian).
Britney's new single "Work B**ch" has hit the web.
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Writes Billboard of the track's collaborators:
The flashiest writing credit, of course, belongs to Sebastian Ingrosso, the Swedish DJ/producer best known as one-third of the now-defunct EDM trio Swedish House Mafia; his presence in the liner notes suggests that "Work B**ch" will be a dance floor scorcher. William Adams -- better known as Will.i.am -- is also a co-writer, which is expected since he is executive-producing Spear's next album. Otto Jettman, a.k.a. Swedish house DJ Otto Knows, is also on board, as is Irish producer/songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham. Last but not least is Anthony Preston, who has worked closely with Will.i.am as well as with artists like Nicole Scherzinger and Afrojack.
Trainer and fitness model Bryan Hawn calls this a parody but it's really more of a showcase for his prodigious hindquarters.
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