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Election Night: Here's A Bunch Of Pictures Of Americans Finding Out They Can Now Legally Marry

The presidential election wasn't the only thing happening this week. On the heels of the first out lesbian Senator, Tammy Baldwin, winning in Wisconsin, a bunch of other amazing things happened. So here's a bunch of people celebrating a major civil rights milestone and their freedom to be awesome. It makes me tear up a little. I think it will make you tear up too.

Vindication for gay families finally arrived.

Victories came in all four states with marriage equality on the ballot. Maryland, Washington, and Maine all legalized gay marriage, while Minnesota stopped a anti-gay marriage amendment.




But first there was the last bit of campaigning.

Jim & Steve, partners for 37 years, spend their election day calling voters. 

Chris Kluwe, the most hardcore LGBTQ straight ally in NFL Football volunteers in MN. (MsMarissaKramer)


Then there was the waiting.

The anticipation was agonizing. (Seattle Times Twitter)

Lindsey and Jessica await to hear if they can get married, after two years of waiting.


Then there was the realization.

Reactions start at the Mainers United For Marriage party. (Zwickerhill Photography)



And then there was the celebrating.

In Minnesota there were cheers and kick lines. (pennyflanagan & aubreyjdub)

And in Maine there were more of said cheers and jubilant families.



Then the marriage proposals commenced.

This Maryland couple got engaged in Chicago at Obama's headquarters upon hearing the news. (Buzzfeed)



And then our friends at Freedom to Marry celebrated too.

Click any of the below images to share them on Facebook and celebrate with them.

That first car is a rite of passage into adulthood. Specifically, the hard-earned lesson of expectations versus reality. Though some of us are blessed with Teslas at 17, most teenagers receive a car that’s been … let’s say previously loved. And that’s probably a good thing, considering nearly half of first-year drivers end up in wrecks. Might as well get the dings on the lemon, right?

Of course, wrecks aside, buying a used car might end up costing more in the long run after needing repairs, breaking down and just a general slew of unexpected surprises. But hey, at least we can all look back and laugh.

My first car, for example, was a hand-me-down Toyota of some sort from my mother. I don’t recall the specific model, but I definitely remember getting into a fender bender within the first week of having it. She had forgotten to get the brakes fixed … isn’t that a fun story?

Jimmy Fallon recently asked his “Tonight Show” audience on Twitter to share their own worst car experiences. Some of them make my brake fiasco look like cakewalk (or cakedrive, in this case). Either way, these responses might make us all feel a little less alone. Or at the very least, give us a chuckle.

Here are 22 responses with the most horsepower:

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A group of baby penguins are being cared for by surrogate parents.

Sometimes you need a helping hand to have the best possible start. That's what's happening with five baby Humboldt penguins at the ZSL London Zoo in England.

Zookeepers have stepped in to help care for the newest inhabitants of the zoo's Penguin Beach after it was discovered their parents were struggling a little. The keepers have become the penguins' parents, hand-rearing the little penguins in the zoo's nursery.

"During the breeding season, we check the nests on Penguin Beach every day, keeping an eye out for any chicks who might not be feeding enough or whose parents are struggling to care for their brood," ZSL London Zoo penguin keeper Suzi Hyde explained in a statement from the zoo.

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TikTok about '80s childhood is a total Gen X flashback.

As a Gen X parent, it's weird to try to describe my childhood to my kids. We're the generation that didn't grow up with the internet or cell phones, yet are raising kids who have never known a world without them. That difference alone is enough to make our 1980s childhoods feel like a completely different planet, but there are other differences too that often get overlooked.

How do you explain the transition from the brown and orange aesthetic of the '70s to the dusty rose and forest green carpeting of the '80s if you didn't experience it? When I tell my kids there were smoking sections in restaurants and airplanes and ashtrays everywhere, they look horrified (and rightfully so—what were we thinking?!). The fact that we went places with our friends with no quick way to get ahold of our parents? Unbelievable.

One day I described the process of listening to the radio, waiting for my favorite song to come on so I could record it on my tape recorder, and how mad I would get when the deejay talked through the intro of the song until the lyrics started. My Spotify-spoiled kids didn't even understand half of the words I said.

And '80s hair? With the feathered bangs and the terrible perms and the crunchy hair spray? What, why and how?

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