Mike Strong and Peter Nicolas (Washington): The Geography of Love: Same-Sex Marriage and Relationship Recognition in America (The Story in Maps). Opponents of same-sex marriage went 0-for-4 in the election — but they have lots of excuses. How can the Supreme Court help gay rights? By keeping out entirely. Love on the march: Alex Ross on the gay community’s political progress and its future. Queer liberation means prison abolition: Victoria Law reviews Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock. Married gays, lesbian still viewed as “single” by military. Bad blood: Michael Harris on the politics of gay donation. What does science tell us about sexual preference? David P. Barash on the evolutionary mystery of homosexuality. A lot — basically all — gay people are normal and don’t deserve any special attention whatsoever. The golden age of gay TV: It's the best of times for gays on television, but not every supportive show carries the same cultural significance. It's so not gay: Abdel Khairoun on casual homophobia in the twittersphere. Nate Silver is named Out magazine’s Person of the Year. Mitchell Sunderland tries to understand the English gays at Oxford.