Strong Castle CEO Braulio Castillo gets a disability advantage for an ankle injury sustained in high school, went on to play football in college. Tammy Duckworth lets him have it.
By the age of twenty, to save my life—I had begun fantasizing about cleaning myself out with drano—I gave up and proudly donned the supervillain costume. I found a girl, shoved open those louvered doors and started shouting, like so many of us, that I was queer. We were the imminent death of civilization? Really? Okay then! Civilization be damned! I’d be transgressive, a proud outsider, a critic of all of you with your boring patriarchal families. I covered my backpack and ancient VW with buttons and stickers. I cut my hair razor-short, wore overalls and hiking boots, and walked around as a stereotype incarnate. When I first came out in 1978, there wasn’t much open gay activism: The closest thing on my state land-grant college’s campus was a feminist “women’s group” that was in fact a lesbian group. The gay boys went partying instead.
If you never have, now is a good time to read Judge Vaughn Walker’s powerful trial-court ruling in the Proposition 8 case, pasted below.
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Border-security provisions in the Senate immigration bill, which is expected to come up for a vote today or tomorrow.
“Some Liberal Groups Turn on Senate Immigration Bill,” USA Today
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The Human Rights Campaign celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor v. United States, which overturned the Defensive of Marriage Act.
Photo courtesy of me. For similar pictures, check out my Flickr set of photos from earlier this year, when the Court began oral arguments in the case.
According to advocates at the major gay-rights organizations, the game plan for winning marriage equality nationwide has long been to achieve a “critical mass” of state recognition for gay marriage, then turn to the federal courts to fill out the rest of the map. While the DOMA ruling is a step forward on the federal level, there remains a patchwork of state laws banning same-sex marriage in place. Gay-rights advocates say the Supreme Court will ultimately have to intervene again. “It’s hard to conceive of getting marriage-equality nationwide without court intervention,” says Brian Mouton, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest gay rights advocacy organization. “We’ll return to the Supreme Court with more states, more public support, and more momentum on our side,” adds Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry.
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Emily Perper is a freelance editor and reporter, currently completing a service year in Baltimore with the Episcopal Service Corps.
Salinger’s life is being made into a movie. Someone said writers work best with only one kid. Print journalism is, apparently, still the domain of white men….