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Q&A: What the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling means

The decades-long debate about whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in the United States was finally settled Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay and lesbian couples can get married anywhere in the country.

A closer look at what it means:



Yes, for all intents and purposes. The states that oppose gay marriage could ask the justices to reconsider,...

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Inaugural Baltimore ParityFest aimed at bridging gender gap in theater

After becoming the first woman elected mayor of a major Canadian city in the 1950s, Charlotte Whitton summed up the gender issue neatly.

"Whatever women do," she said, "they must do twice as well as men to be thought of half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult."

What remains difficult, though, is getting men to notice. Consider the world of theater.

Female playwrights might not find it difficult...

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Same-sex marriage advocates say fight isn't over

Advocates of same-sex marriage celebrated the landmark Supreme Court ruling Friday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry anywhere in the United States but said work remains to protect gay and lesbian Americans from discrimination.

Opponents, meanwhile, said the 5-4 decision violated the states' right to define marriage for themselves, and expressed concern for the religious freedom...

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$110,000 awarded for community arts projects in city

Five local art projects will be receiving grants of between $10,000 and $30,000, officials with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts announced Thursday.

Known collectively as the PNC Transformative Art Prize, the largest grant, $30,000, is being awarded for a fall display of The Monument Quilt, a project of art activist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. The quilt includes 1,500 squares...

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Before Merriweather show, Fall Out Boy on growing up, Wiz Khalifa and 'Centuries'

If someone would have told Pete Wentz, bassist of the band Fall Out Boy, that the pop-punk quartet he formed in a Chicago suburb in 2001 would go on to write one of the biggest sports anthems in recent memory years later, he would have shook his head in disbelief.

“Oh man, I would have laughed. I wouldn't have believed it,” Wentz said on the phone from Los Angeles earlier this month. “It's so funny...

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Seattle gets rainbow crosswalks for Pride Week

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle has new rainbow-colored crosswalks for Pride Week, and it plans to keep them for years.

Mayor Ed Murray unveiled one of the 11 new crosswalks in the historically gay-friendly Capitol Hill neighborhood on Tuesday. He says the display "says something about Seattle": that's a city of diverse neighborhoods and character.

KIRO-TV reports that the idea for the rainbow crosswalks has...

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