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In the past couple of years, the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage finally surpassed the number of those who oppose it.  Data was compiled by Pew Research Center. The numbers show that in 1996, 65% opposed it, while only 26% endorsed it.   New data collected this past October shows that 49% are actually in favor of it, and 40% oppose it (which is down 4 % from this past July). Still, those numbers widely vary in different regions of the U.S.

There are certain bands that you absolutely need to experience live, and The Polyphonic Spree are definitely one of them. This past Saturday night the Dallas based group brought their annual Holiday Extravaganza to Webster Hall in N.Y.C. and it was a moving and joyful show. They’ve toured this for 10 years and will perform the last of this years shows in Dallas on Dec. 22. Lead singer Tim DeLaughter gives off a benevolent cult leader vibe with his white robe and his contagious energy and positive demeanor.

Ellie Goulding’s debut Lights reached the U.S. in 2011, but it didn’t take off for over a year. Now, Goulding is new pop royalty, and Halcyon presents a stark contrast to her introduction. Where Lights possessed an almost naïve view of the world, Halcyon shows her to have matured. Songs like “My Blood” and “Dead in the Water” take hopelessness to new heights.

  Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may potentially be triggering for survivors of assault. Is it rape if you don’t put up a fight? Well, according to Orange County judge Derek G. Johnson, no, not really.  To be clear, he believes that if a woman doesn’t put up a fight when attacked, then technically, yes, it is rape, but not “a real, live criminal case.”Let me explain.

You may not know JennaMarbles by name, but you’ve most likely seen her on your Facebook or Twitter feed at some point in the last two years. Jenna Mourey, known as JennaMarbles on YouTube, is one of the video-sharing site’s most watched content creators. With five million subscribers and counting, she is the most subscribed woman on YouTube. Her videos, featuring observational humor, alcohol, and appearances from her adorable dogs, consistently attract millions of views.

If you’re like us, you’re counting down the days to the April 30th premiere of Inside Amy Schumer, the comedienne’s new sketch comedy series on Comedy Central. Now Schumer is helping quench our comedic thirsts with a live tour that kicks off at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 28th, 2013. The comic has been hard at work performing stand up since 2004, but she didn’t stop there.  She was a contestant on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and co-starred in Comedy Central’s Reality Bites Back.

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The December/January 2013 issue of BUST Magazine is on newsstands now! This issue is chock-full of stories that will inspire you, make you chuckle, and keep you feeling cozy and happy through the winter.

Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen. The War On Women continues to rage (and enrage) in Michigan as two more abortion limitation bills reach Governor Rick Snyder’s office. The Senate voted 27-10 to pass a bill that expands licensing requirements for abortion clinics—one of which stipulates the size of medical areas. That detail alone would shut down several clinics. The second bill, which passed in to the full House, stipulates the right of health care providers to refuse service based on moral or religious objections.

From the opening sequence of cutesy doodles set to Wilco’s “Heavy Metal Drummer,” it’s clear that Save the Date is a certain genre of rom com: the indie rom-com dramedy. Think 500 Days of Summer, Juno, Garden State, or anything Michael Cera has been in. I usually love these movies, but I didn't love Save the Date. Despite its indie soundtrack, likeable stars, and an adorable cat, Save the Date is never anything more than mediocre. Most of this is because the characters rarely reveal themselves as anything more than character types.
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