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5 ways to debate same-sex marriage

Gay couples from left, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, and Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes, give a news conference in San Antonio on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 after U.S. Federal Judge Orlando Garcia declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional (Credit: San Antonio Express-News/ Jerry Lara) Texas has joined the growing list of states whose judges have struck down constitutional bans on same-sex marriage, alongside other "Bible Belt" states such as Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.  More than ever before, those who believe in biblical marriage will be forced to defend their position.  Here's how I foresee the debate proceeding.

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What would you do if someone tried to sell you his baby?

On February 27th End It Movement calls for a light on slavery day. Supporters draw a red ex on their hand (Credit: End it Movement) Tanner Wendell Stewart is a professional photographer.  He was in Sofia, Bulgaria when a Roma Gypsy man tried to sell his six-month-old son to him for $50, because Stewart said the baby was beautiful.  That moment inspired Stewart to do something.  He has now published a 365-day photo journal created to abolish human trafficking.

Called "Shoot the Skies," the book's photographs are stunning—a starry sky over snow-peaked mountains, a lightning storm over the plains, and other amazing moments in nature.  Every dollar goes to The A21 Campaign, which exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century through awareness and education.  There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today—A21 focuses on rescuing one victim at a time.

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This event could change our nation

Have you adopted a campus yet?  #cdop14 (Credit: Collegiate Day of Prayer via Facebook) An historic event is happening tomorrow which could change the direction of our nation.  The Collegiate Day of Prayer has been organized by leaders from 24 collegiate ministries including The Navigators, Cru (formerly Campus Crusade For Christ), and InterVarsity.  On February 27, 1212 churches and communities will pray for 1912 campuses from 673 cities, 50 states, and seven countries.  Why?

In 1823, every major university in America agreed to set aside the last Thursday in February as a day of united prayer for colleges.  They gathered to pray on February 27 for God to change the future of their generation.  They saw college students as the future of society, and believed that their values would become the values of America.

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Oldest Holocaust survivor's story nominated for Oscar

Photo dated July 2010 made available by the makers of the Oscar nominated documentary The Lady in Number 6, in which she tells her story, of Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest-known survivor of the Holocaust, who died in London on Sunday morning at the age of 110. Herz-Sommers devotion to the piano and to her son sustained her through two years in a Nazi prison camp. (AP) The world's oldest Holocaust survivor died last week.

Alice Herz-Sommer was 110 years old.  She was an amazing lady—she lived entirely alone in a tiny London flat and played the piano for hours every day, practicing her beloved Bach and Beethoven.  Seven decades ago she was a successful concert pianist in central Europe when she received her deportation summons from the Nazis.  Her mother and husband had already been taken to Auschwitz by the time she and her five-year-old son were sent to the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp.

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Facebook now offers 51 different gender options

Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison demonstrates expanded options for gender identification at her company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 (Credit: AP/Noah Berger)There was a day when those who created a profile on Facebook had to specify whether they were male or female.  Now there are 51 gender options, listed alphabetically from "Agender" (someone who does not identify with any gender) to "Two-spirit" (people who have both masculine and feminine characteristics).  Other designations include "Androgynous," "Gender Questioning," and "Pangender."

Some are reacting positively.  One advocate claims that, in a world dominated by binaries (Democrat or Republican, Left or Right), Facebook is acknowledging the complexity of the real world.  Others are less impressed.  One critic noted: "What if you identify as a pine cone or a chicken or a weed whacker?  Facebook doesn't offer those options."

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