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The next marriage redefinition? Massachusetts lesbian ‘throuple’ expecting their first child (Video)

The next marriage redefinition? Massachusetts lesbian ‘throuple’ expecting their first child (Video)

first_imgLifeSiteNews 24 April 2014Three “married” lesbians in Massachusetts have announced they are expecting the first of several children intended for their polygamous union. But marriage advocates say the story confirms their warnings about the slippery slope created by redefining marriage and granting legal privileges based on a self-identified characteristic like sexual orientation.The three women – Doll, 30; Brynn, 32; and Kitten, 27 – are not legally married to all the members of the polyamorous coupling, something not permitted under state or federal law.Brynn and Doll have been together since 2009. However, it is Brynn and Kitten who were legally “married” in a ceremony last August; Doll was “handfasted” to both.“We had specialist lawyers draw up paperwork so our assets are equally divided,” Brynn said.They consider themselves a “throuple.” Brynn said, “I like to think of us as a romantic committee.”The idea for the ceremony, culminated when each of their fathers walked them down the aisle, came from Kitten. “Marriage had always been an important symbol of commitment for me,” she said.After the ceremony, the three set up house and divided chores, with Brynn working a 40-hour week to bring home the money, Doll cooking, and Kitten cleaning the house. And bearing the children.Kitten announced that she had used IVF to become pregnant by an anonymous sperm donor. She hopes to bear three children, one for each of the mothers. She expects to deliver the first in July.Until it occurred, proponents of same-sex “marriage” dismissed the argument that gay “marriage” would undermine monogamy. But Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of The Ruth Institute, said she was not surprised to learn of the trio. “We have been saying for some time that once you remove the gender requirement there is no reason for marriage to be confined to only two people,” Dr. Morse told LifeSiteNews.https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-next-marriage-redefinition-massachusetts-lesbian-throuple-expecting-thelast_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer guns for ninth Wimbledon crown after perfect 10 in Halle

Tennis News Roger Federer guns for ninth Wimbledon crown after perfect 10 in Halle

first_imgRoger Federer has now won 102 ATP titles.No male tennis player has won nine Wimbledon titles.Jimmy Connors has the most ATP titles with 109. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img London: Twenty years after his debut, Roger Federer will take aim at a ninth Wimbledon title and a place in history as the oldest man to capture a Grand Slam singles crown. Federer, who turns 38 in August, is already the oldest player to win the Wimbledon men’s title in the modern era, a feat achieved in 2017 when he was 35. Australia’s Ken Rosewall was only just past 37 when he won the 1972 Australian Open, an age barrier Federer hopes to smash when Wimbledon starts Monday.     “I love being around here. It’s a good vibe. I have great memories. My heroes all won here,” said 20-time major winner Federer. “Every time I come back here, I try to be like them.” However, despite his lifetime affection for the All England Club, the tussle to add to his London silverware has become increasingly fraught.     His eighth and most recent Wimbledon title came off a straight-sets demolition of an injury-hit and tearful Marin Cilic in 2017 final.Federer was a force of nature that year, not dropping a set in the entire fortnight as title rivals fell by the wayside. Novak Djokovic retired with an elbow injury in the last-eight against Tomas Berdych while Rafael Nadal was stunned by Gilles Muller 15-13 in the final set of his last-16 engagement.     Federer’s seventh Wimbledon title had come five years earlier with a final win over Andy Murray. His first six arrived in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.     But 2017 aside, recent trips to London have proved disappointing for the Swiss star whose first experience of Wimbledon was an opening-round loss to Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic in 1999. In 2013, he was shocked in the second round by Ukrainian serve-and-volleying journeyman Sergei Stakhovsky.     The next two seasons saw runners-up finishes to Djokovic while the 2016 campaign ended with a five-set loss in the semi-finals, blown away by the heavy artillery of Milos Raonic. Last year was particularly painful for Federer, beaten by Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals in a 13-11 final set.     “The losses hurt more, that you don’t want to be on the loser’s side. It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don’t want to sit here and explain my loss. That’s the worst feeling you can have as a tennis player,” he said in the aftermath of that loss to the giant South African in a tie where he held match points in the fourth set.     Despite that shattering loss 12 months ago, Federer will still go into this year’s Wimbledon as one of the favourites alongside four-time champion Djokovic.     Having seen Nadal win a 12th Roland Garros to move within two majors of Federer’s record 20 for the first time, the Swiss headed to Halle where he won a 10th title at the grass-court event. “To win 10 times in one place is a very special moment in my career,” said Federer who now has 102 career titles, just seven off the all-time record held by Jimmy Connors.     It also made him the oldest tour-level champion since 43-year-old Rosewall won at Hong Kong in 1977. “Every time I’ve won in Halle, I went on to play really well at Wimbledon,” added Federer. “It’s never a guarantee of course, but I’ve been on the Tour for long enough to know what it means.”last_img read more

IncubateUSC funds student ventures

IncubateUSC funds student ventures

first_imgStarting a business is no easy feat. It involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. Though every entrepreneur wishes their startup could be an instant winner, sometimes people need a little help. IncubateUSC is one place they can turn to.IncubateUSC is a community of experienced students, staff, faculty and mentors on campus dedicated to providing resources that help students build great businesses.With so many startup resources and incubator programs being offered on campus — including SparkSC, Startup Garage and D-Health Lab — Incubate USC streamlines the process by compiling all these campus resources on their website and also offering startup services like mentorship and support.“Having seen and met with so many startups in the past year who all had similar needs, it just seemed logical to create a single online destination to point people to that would navigate Trojans through all the resources USC has to offer,” Jay Chang  said, one of the main venture consultants at IncubateUSC.By consolidating the useful resources for starting up a business, IncubateUSC serves as a single portal for entrepreneurs to use. Whether it is securing funding for a venture, seeking pro-bono legal assistance or getting an experienced advisor or mentor for professional advice, IncubateUSC has catalogued all these different resources from across campus and  throughout the L.A. area to help venture-bound Trojans.IncubateUSC provides two main services: free consultations and different start-up events and competitions to facilitate startup networking. The service that many entrepreneurs find most useful is its free consultation services.Through its consultation services, entrepreneurs with ideas for a business venture can set up appointments with one of their venture consultants. After several appointments, students can get advice on where to get started and accomplish major startup tasks like putting together a business plan and learning how to speak with potential investors.Most of the students who have sought the help of IncubateUSC just have a great business idea, while some already have a prototype for their business concept said James Bottom, the director for IncubateUSC. Nevertheless, within just the first meeting, students can emerge with a business plan and strategy all for free.“No matter what stage of your venture, we pair you with a venture consultant with relevant experience or understanding of your business concept and help guide you through growing your venture,” Bottom said.The venture consultants at IncubateUSC are composed of staff, faculty and mentors who are on and around the USC campus seeking to expand the next generation of startups at USC. Many of these resources are free because of provisions by USC and from collaborations with big companies.“We also have partnerships with companies like IBM, Amazon, Google and more, providing thousands of dollars in credits for services,” Chang said.Since its inception a few semesters ago, the program has reached out to nearly 4,000 students and worked with several active startups. IncubateUSC seeks to reach out to more students and alumni this semester.Some of the wide variety of startups that IncubateUSC has worked with in the past include Freeform Labs, a company producing design software using virtual reality technology, Pulp Pantry, a healthy food company, and Sayy, a decision-making app.IncubateUSC is seeking out more people with great ideas by highlighting its entrepreneurs via a series called “Startup Secrets.” The series will highlight the successes and students that have come out of the program and others on campus.last_img read more