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The court has seven cases pending before it concerning bans in five states: Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Indiana. If the court agrees to take one or more of the cases it has the chance to rule when, if ever, gay men and women in the 31 states that now bar them from marrying could get marriage licenses.
An announcement on whether the court will hear the same-sex marriage dispute could come later this week. But given the weight of the controversy and that the justices only in recent weeks received the petitions, an announcement could come at a later point. The court officially reconvenes next Monday for its new term, which runs until the end of June.
The justices are due to discuss the cases as they weigh hundreds of petitions that have piled up during the court's summer recess. The discussion is private. The court takes a case if four or more of the nine justices vote to hear it.
Gay marriage is legal in 19 of the 50 U.S. states. Judges in 16 other states have issued pro-gay marriage rulings, most of which have struck down bans. The bans have remained intact while litigation continues.
Supporters of gay marriage say the bans violate the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal treatment under the law.
State officials defending the bans counter that the Constitution does not dictate how states should define marriage and that there is no deeply rooted legal tradition that supports a right to gay marriage.
Although all seven cases raise the key question of whether states can ban gay marriage, they are all slightly different. If the court does decide to consider the issue, it could take one case or several.
The court could also decide to take no action on the cases at this stage. If the court were to decline to take them, appeals court rulings that struck down the bans would go into effect and other bans in certain states would likely fall as a result, but there would be no national ruling.
Across the country, a wave of court rulings favored arguments for gay marriage, prompted by the Supreme Court's 2013 decision in U.S. v. Windsor. In that case, the justices struck down a key part of a law called the Defense of Marriage Act that restricted the definition of marriage to heterosexual couples for the purposes of federal benefits.
If the Supreme Court agrees to hear at least one of the pending cases, oral arguments would be heard early next year and a ruling would come by the end of June. Additional lawsuits testing other state bans are also in the pipeline.
A groundbreaking new study has found men with bigger bellies last an average of five minutes longer in the sack than guys with six pack abs. But this is hardly the first time science has found unconventionally handsome people make better lovers. There is ample evidence out there to suggest having the body of a Greek god doesn’t necessarily translate to being good in bed.
Of course, we’ve all witnessed this truth in practice. Gods want to be worshipped, and they certainly can’t be bothered to make you happy. Their mere presence in your bedroom should be enough. Ugh.
As the research shows, the best boy toy may not be the worked out stud you covet at the gym. In fact, he’s more likely to be a chubby nerd who rides his bike to and from his messy apartment. Maybe there’s hope for us, after all.
Check out these five studies that confirm everything you know about great sex partners is wrong.
The more attractive the face, the less potent the jizm.
Looking for the ultimate stud? Take note of a 2014 study by the Centre for Evolutionary Biology at the University of Australia in Crawley. It found that the sperm of conventionally attractive men didn’t quite measure up to the swimmers of more average, run-of-the-mill guys.
Researchers performed an “anthropometric analysis” of the facial characteristics of 50 men, measuring traditional masculine features, including the size of their eyes and the width of their cheekbones. They then compared each man’s facial features with the motility (movement), morphology (structure), and concentration of his sperm cells.
The findings? The conventionally attractive — basically men with the most symmetrical (prettier) features — had slightly lower sperm quality.
The reason? No one has any idea. But it probably has to do with higher testosterone levels of men who get lots of attention causing harm to their sperm production.
Computer nerds make the best lovers.
It turns out writing in code isn’t the only thing computer nerds are good at. A 2009 survey found that they are rockstars in the bedroom.
A total of 2,000 men and women in the U.K. listed IT nerds at the top of a list of lovers’ occupations. The whizzes were found to be both the most selfless and the most adventurous in the sack, as well as the most open to playing with “love gadgets.”
So who ranked the lowest? People who worked in the fitness industry. The muscle-bound were listed as being selfish, boring lovers who were less likely to experiment sex toys and other technology.
Who you’re attracted to depends on your last meal, not on how many pounds your lover can bench press.
A 2006 study linked men’s hunger levels to the traits they found attractive in their partners. 61 men participated in the experiment, and the guys with big appetites gravitated towards lovers with higher body weights, as opposed to their satiated counterparts, who preferred more slender paramours.
The reason? Researchers hypothesized it was an evolutionary response to resource scarcity — that a heavier partner advertises access to better resources, especially food and shelter.
Slobs get laid an average of three times more per month than neat freaks.
A 2002 study by discount, do-it-yourself furniture giant IKEA found that guys with messy sock drawers get laid three times more per month than those who organize their socks. But the good news doesn’t stop there. The study also found that couples who don’t have closet organizers argue three times less per month than those who do.
The survey was part of IKEA’s “You Can’t Be Too Organized” survey. The company had hoped to find that organized people lived healthier lifestyles. Despite the unexpected messy-socks-good-sex connection, it maintains that being organized is still better, claiming you can enjoy more free time by reducing the minutes and hours you spend looking for stuff.
Forget CrossFit. Ride your bike.
CrossFit bunnies may be able to do 50 sit-ups, 100 push-ups, and 150 jumping jacks all in a row, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have more vigor between the sheets. In fact, a recent survey found simply riding your bike every day can make you better in bed.
A poll of 2,500 cycling commuters in the U.K. found that the majority believed biking to and from work had a positive impact on their sex lives. 89 percent of respondents said that cycling home from work allowed them to switch off work and transition into home mode, where sex is on their minds, while 82 percent reported feeling less stressed.
Then there’s the extra boost that comes with fresh air and exercise, resulting in 39 percent of people reporting more energy for hanky panky.
In other words: Get on that bike, boys!
Aretha kills it on Adele's “Rolling in the Deep” mashed up with “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” (as backup singer Cissy Houston stink-eyes on the periphery) for David Letterman.
Nick Jonas, who has been training to play a boxer in the upcoming DirecTV series Kingdom, displays the results of his training on the cover of the upcoming issue of Flaunt.r
Jonas, who is pushing a new album, recently appeared at a gay NYC nightclub, and soon after told HuffPost Live that he is thrilled at the attention he receives from his gay fans:r
"I love it; I'm thrilled by that. I always had a pretty strong gay fan base, having been a theater kid...That's a community that I love and have embraced, and [they've] embraced me. I love them. They're so supportive."r
Allow Nick (and his abs) to give back, AFTER THE JUMP...r
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It’s all about variety this week, from a brainless big-budget FX blockbuster, Transformers: Age of Extinction, to a 1970s retro sci-fi parody, Space Station 76, to a queer Polish drama, Floating Skyscrapers (above), plus one of queer German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s best works, Ali: Fear Eats The Soul.
Here’s the skinny on each.