Sam Smith’s Pro-Marriage Equality Video Will Make You Cry Tears Of Joy

Grab some tissues and watch “Lay Me Down.”

1. Sam Smith has released the music video for “Lay Me Down,” the latest single from his Grammy-nominated album In the Lonely Hour. In it, he marries another man before a jubilant crowd.

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All this occurs in a church, which, in light of Pope Francis’ recent approval of a referendum barring gay marriage in Slovakia, is great visual commentary on the rift between religion and the LGBT community and its possible repair.

2. The music video begins with a decidedly somber tone, belying the event to come.

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3. As Smith’s groom comes into view, the congregants celebrate unabashedly.

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4. The video was filmed at the parish church of St. Margaret, outside of London. “Obviously gay marriage isn’t legal in churches, and we’re doing a gay marriage today, in the church,” Smith told Rolling Stone.

“We’re the first ever to do it,” Smith said. “It’s obviously not a real marriage, but still.”

“Going to the church today, it’s like, ‘This is the first time we’ve let people with big noses in.’ That’s the equivalent to me. I’m walking in, I’m going, ‘Why? Why are a man and a man not allowed to get married in this room?’ Because it’s the most natural thing.”

5. In the Facebook post accompanying his music video, Smith spoke of his hopes for the LGBT community and their treatment in the world:

Dear All, Here is the Link to the LAY ME DOWN music video. This song holds a very dear place in my heart. With this video myself and Ryan Hope the director have decided to make a statement and showcase something we passionately believe in. This video shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country. I hope you enjoy it. I love you all x

6. Watch the music video in full below.

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Summer’s Almost Over, So Give Your Garden One Last Hurrah With These 16 Recipes

One of my fondest summer memories from when I was little was helping my mother and grandfather tend to the garden.

I would spend almost every day of my summer vacation watering and picking everything from zucchini and tomatoes, to cucumbers and yellow squash. And while most people would argue that you can get the same fresh produce at a farmer’s market without all the work, there’s just something rewarding about feasting on the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.

But with summer quickly coming to a close, there’s only a few weeks left to enjoy your home-grown produce. Get the most of all those fresh zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes with these 16 delicious recipes.

1. In the pinch for a quick and easy side dish? This Zucchini Tomato Gratin is the perfect accompaniment.

2. Now you can enjoy the delicious flavors of chicken wings in a healthy zucchini dish with Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats.

3. Nothing says summer like a nice cold glass of lemonade. Add cucumbers to the mix and you’ve got yourself a refreshing drink that doubles as a juice cleanse.

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4. This Heirloom Tomato Galette is sure to bring a dash of color to your dinner table.

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5. Zucchini lasagna is a fit and fresh way to cut out the carbs while still enjoying this classic Italian dish.

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6. Zucchini bread was a summer tradition in my house. But did you know you can make a deliciously sweet bread using cucumbers as well?

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7. Chicken Zucchini Poppers are an excellent way to start off any dinner party, and they’re gluten free, too!

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8. Zucchini bread isn’t the only scrumptious dessert you can make with this summer garden staple. Kick off the end of summer right with a cookie recipe the whole family will enjoy.

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9. Spice up tonight’s dinner with a Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad.

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10. How do you make a home-cooked meatloaf even better? This Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf should do the trick!

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11. When it comes to summer vegetables, the soup options are endless. But one of my all-time favorites is this deliciously fresh Corn-Zucchini Chowder.

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12. You can stuff tomatoes with just about anything. But to help kick up the heat on your classic tuna-stuffed tomatoes, be sure to add a hint of jalapeño.

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13. Ditch the pasta for your classic Rollatini recipe and use a fresh vegetable like zucchini instead.

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14. And for the fish lovers out there, there’s a yummy cucumber-dill sauce that tastes as great as it looks atop a nicely cooked fillet of salmon.

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15. Most casserole recipes bury the good stuff underneath a pile of sauce, but this Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake makes your summer veggies the stars of the dish.

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16. Use some of that fresh zucchini to create an awesome pie that’s delicious and totally filling.

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They Were Walking In The Desert When They Filmed Something Crazy As It Walked By

One of my obsessions as a kid was cryptozoology.

I loved the idea of the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, the Yeti, and other animals being hidden away from the world. Now, as an adult, I have a healthy amount of skepticism. Every once in awhile, however, some footage comes up that makes me question everything.

Someone recently visiting Portugal decided to take a video of the desert landscape, and what they filmed there is shocking.

It’s always possible that the large, gangly creature is the result of some clever editing or a total hoax, but the video will give you chills anyway. Check it out!

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What do you think? Is this the proof we’ve been looking for? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to share this strange video with others to get their opinions on what exactly is going on here.

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Being A Housewife Today Gets A Bad Rap, But Here’s What Women Have To Say

It wasn’t that long ago that women had little choice but to become a housewife.

Up until the 1950s and ’60s, there were very few professions that were open to women. Now, though, that’s not the case at all, and women dominate all types of industries. However, some still choose to be a stay-at-home housewife and mother.

It’s a matter of personal preference, but it gets a bad rap all the same. Housewives are often accused of being “lazy” or “unmotivated,” but what’s it like to actually be one? Here’s what ten real-life housewives have to say.

1. “I am not making money but I am contributing to something way bigger than me and making a difference in lives. I couldn’t be happier. Plus I am available for my daughter anytime and still am able to take care of the home. I really do often feel like I have it all…By the way, no we are not wealthy. We have found that we can live with a lot less than we used to think.”


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2. “I LIKE being a housewife…I like cooking dinner and keeping our house clean and running. I like taking care of my daughter all day. I LIKE IT. I wish everyone would stop acting like I’m being oppressed or I’m bringing women down. It seems like people don’t really believe that women like me really like our situations. Stop feeling sorry for me! This is the role I’ve chosen and I’m happy!”


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3. “I am a housewife, recently transplanted from Salt Lake City, UT, to Mountain View, CA. I stay at home all day while my husband is at work. I make no income and am fully dependent on him financially. I am 23 years old and perfectly content with this lifestyle.”


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4. “I’m a stay-at-home mom of three kids, which is awesome. The housework though bores me to tears. I can’t imagine just doing that.”


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5. “I made the choice to be a stay-at-home mom/housewife as well. I’ve had people gasp and say ‘how very 1950s of you’ with an eye roll. Seriously? I’m sorry this is what works best for MY family…Don’t look down on me for being able to stay home and choosing to.”


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6. “I am a feminist and I decided to be a stay-at-home mom when our baby was born…My complaint is when people think being a stay-at-home parent is so easy. I hear a lot of ‘what do you do with all your free time?’ Really? I’d like to know if the people who ask that also ask their nanny/daycare that question!”


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7. “People just don’t understand. My husband has said, if you want to work, then we’ll figure it out. If not, then great. He gives ME the choice for what works for me and our family. And to an extent, that’s enough. Just knowing that I have the options. And it does mean a lot to me that I CAN stay home (with our soon to be first). Ultimately, it’s our family decision.”


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8. “I was a stay-at-home mom for eight years before I rejoined the workforce. I got to see my kids’ first steps, hear their first words. I was able to experience so much that I would have missed out on if I had gone back to work right away…These are people that YOU made going on to make their own way in the world through the guidance that you have given them. There is no higher calling, in my opinion, than that. To me, that is what feminism is about, making your own choices.”


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9. “I work much harder at home than I do when I go to my outside of the home job, and I enjoy it more. I feel like I’m making the lives of my family better when I’m at home. When I’m at work I feel like anyone can do what I do, I’m not unique or special but at home I feel like I am making a difference.”


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10. “It’s a pleasure to be at home. It’s not gender-determined, either. My husband and I talked about the situation years before we had kids. I was talking about pursuing my doctorate degree at the time. If I had, I would probably be making more money than my husband, and would be the working one. It was just important to us that the kids have someone at home with them…whether father or mother, no big deal.


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Thank you, housewives, for speaking out! It’s about time people realized that it’s just as oppressive to tell women they can’t stay at home as it is to give them no other choice.

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When People Believe Fake News, They Reach Peak Insanity And Do Crazy Things

If the radio adaptation of “The War of the Worlds” has taught us anything, it’s that you shouldn’t always believe the “news” you’re hearing.

Unfortunately, many are quick to trust false information without checking the legitimacy of the sources they’re getting it from. But mass panic isn’t the worst thing that can happen.

Twenty-eight-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch from Salisbury, North Carolina, became convinced that an online conspiracy theory was true after reading fake news stories that began surfacing last month before Election Day. According to “Pizzagate,” the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington, D.C., its owner, and even Hillary Clinton and her former campaign manager were involved in a child sex-trafficking operation running out of the eatery.

Although the rumor is obviously false, that didn’t stop Welch from bringing an assault rifle to the pizzeria to “investigate” the matter.

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Epic Tale Follows Man As He Befriends An Affectionate Street Cat, And It’s Everything

There are so many stray animals out there who need homes.

Animal shelters and animal control do the best job they can of rounding up animals who spend their lives scavenging and wandering the streets. They take them to the veterinarian, nurse them back to health, and have volunteers give them love and attention while they wait for their perfect pet parent to come along. But despite these best efforts, some animals unfortunately are still resigned to wandering around without a home.

When one man went out walking one night, he never could have predicted how his life would change, all because a tiny kitten decided to follow him home.

Connor Manning was minding his own business when a street cat approached him looking for some love.

He took some pictures and posted them to Twitter, saying the kitty was “the most affectionate street cat.”

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After getting some pats on the head, the stray began following him all the way back to his house.

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The curious feline even wandered inside the house, poking its head in every nook and cranny.

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Manning named the cutie Socks, and they hung out on his porch for awhile just enjoying each other’s company.

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Manning live-tweeted the whole journey, captioning this photo, “We’re in love.”

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She didn’t really want to hang out inside for long, especially when faced with a giant wind monster.

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He didn’t have cat food, but he put out some bread and water for Socks to munch on.

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“She’s a model,” he wrote.

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Manning was sad he didn’t have cat food, but he made her a little bed in case she wanted to sleep on the porch that night. Unfortunately, when he woke up Socks was gone.

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But Socks came back! “I’m gonna buy her food and flea medicine tomorrow and start researching cat things because I have no idea how to cat but she loves me,” he tweeted, excitedly.

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Manning is allergic to cats, but that didn’t stop him from curling up with his new friend. He named her Socks Desiree Manning, a play on the title “A Street Car Named Desire.” This was a street cat named Desiree.

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They went to the vet to find out if Socks had a microchip and another family and to get generally checked out.

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It turned out she didn’t have a microchip, and she was about six months old. He decided to keep her, but then there were some complications…

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Manning’s allergy to cats became unbearable, and his reactions were severe. He thought he was going to have to find her a new home entirely.

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As of his last update, however, it seems things have turned around completely. He was able to manage his allergies, and now Socks has a loving forever home! Awww!

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