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Nurses in November 2016 expressed support for a ballot proposition to limit what California state agencies pay for prescription drugs. AP/Nick Ut, file

Expanding direct democracy won’t make Americans feel better about politics

Citizens voting directly on policy seems like a good idea. But that led to the Brexit mess in the UK. In the US, two scholars say direct democracy deepens distrust of politics and government.
An ad for the city of Las Vegas features a lesbian couple who decide to get married. Ads featuring same-sex couples face a backlash, particularly from conservative consumers, but there are ways to make them more accepted. YouTube

Out of the closet: Easing the backlash against same-sex couples in advertising

Most North American consumers generally prefer advertising with male-female couples rather than same-sex couples. But changes in how brands frame the messages of advertisements could change that.
Ontario PC leadership candidate Tanya Granic Allen arrives to participate in a debate in Ottawa in February 2018. Granic Allen was supported by the Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), and the organization said it recruited more than 9,000 PC memberships in support of her campaign to became the premier of Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

From America to Ontario: The political impact of the Christian right

Christian right groups in Canada may not have the same resources as their American counterparts. They are, nonetheless, attracting supporters by borrowing some U.S. tactics.
The rainbow flag is no longer just flown at particular times – it’s now a fixture of our cities. Rebecca Gredley/AAP

Rainbow pride flag’s still flying, taking on new forms and meanings in our cities

In the year since the resounding Yes vote in the same-sex marriage survey, the flag has clearly escaped the pole or the street bunting of pride festival times to become ever present in our cities.
In this February 2016 photo, people wave German flags in Erfurt, central Germany, during a demonstration initiated by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

How Russians have helped fuel the rise of Germany’s far right

The political power of Germany's Russian community is significant, and it's helped fuel the rise of the right-wing, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party known as the AfD.
Gareth Lee outside the Supreme Court in London, as five justices at the UK’s highest court unanimously ruled that the Christian owners of a bakery did not discriminate against the gay rights activist on the ground of sexual orientation. PA Images

Same-sex wedding cake: the Supreme Court’s Lee v. Ashers ruling explained

What a cake can tell us about the law's view of homosexuality, religion, freedom of expression and the value of civic equality
For some, this recent decision is a source of celebration and perhaps even symbolic, finally, of full equality in the church for gay and lesbian members. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

After a long struggle, the Uniting Church becomes the first to offer same-sex marriage

The Uniting Church has been grappling with questions of faith and sexuality for decades - and its openness has led to relatively smooth changes to doctrine and practice.

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