The Republic of T.

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Digest for June 25th through June 28th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for June 25th through June 28th:

  • Reflections on DOMA: A coming out story that ends with the dream of equality nearly fufilled – As much as I tell myself that it doesn’t matter what others think of me, seeing the Supreme Court join President Obama and a majority of Americans in supporting gay peoples’ right to marry had me trembling and near tears. When I came out, as a 15-year-old in Texas, I never dreamed that one day I would be able to legally marry a man I loved and that our marriage would be recognized by the federal government.
  • Gay rights or civil rights, the struggle is American – "Being gay isn’t the same as being black or vice versa. But being discriminated against should be a singular unifier, a common denominator.
  • How Brave Will You Feel When the First Child Dies? – A mob — I mean, a horde — I mean, a coalition — of Christian-based anti-gay activists has taken a stand against any Supreme Court decision that favors marriage equality. They vow to…well, that part’s a little vague.
  • Banks watching DOMA decision – The upcoming ruling on gay marriage could give financial planning clarity for same-sex couples.
  • The Majority of Military Sexual Assault Victims Are Men. Now Maybe We Can Fix This? – Here’s how the debate over military sexual assault has unfolded thus far: Bold female leaders spoke out, smart male allies stood behind them, clueless conservative men started mansplaining the issue, and right-wing media went full misogynist. Because of this, it’s easy to imagine that military sexual assault is mainly a problem of men versus (or attacking) women, but as James Dao in the New York Times explains, in fact, the majority of sexual assault in the military is male-on-male crime.
  • The 1 Percent of the 1 Percent – Our political system is controlled by 31,000 people. And they aren't poor people.

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