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Digest for October 28th through October 29th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 28th through October 29th:

  • Here’s 1 Pro-Gay Marriage Argument Anyone Can Get Behind – There are many reasons to support gay marriage — political reasons, legal reasons, moral reasons, etc. Here’s one we don’t consider enough: More marriage, whether gay or straight, is a good thing for an economy that could use the help.
  • Steve Grand Says He Was Applauded For Telling His Church He Was Gay – I got up in front of a congregation and said I was gay and I believed there was nothing wrong with that, and I was applauded for that. There’s a quiet majority that’s growing that wants to say, ‘Hey, these are our brothers and sisters too. Make sure we’re sending the message that all are welcome.’
  • Obama didn’t use improper grammar. Cut him and other public figures a break | Kory Stamper – Many presidents are criticised for their wording, but they're often just navigating different types of language for different contexts
  • Grown-up bullies: Can bosses, politicians, spouses be bullies? – Grown-up bullies: Americans have become keenly attuned to bullying among children, but can grown ups be bullies too? When does meanness and harassment cross the line into bullying?
  • The cost of doing nothing about gun control. – It hasn't even been a year since the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. You wouldn't know it by listening to Congress, but since then almost 10,000 more people have been killed by guns in our nation – and that's only what the media has reported. Since Newtown, Slate Magazine has partnered with a twitter group called @GunDeaths to track gun-related fatalities.
  • The Great American Ripoff: The High Cost of Low Taxes – The American people pay a similar amount for social services – health care, retirement security, disability and unemployment insurance and the like – as citizens of European countries with supposedly lavish social safety nets. But there are two significant differences.
  • Wikipedia Bans Transphobic Editors After Chelsea Manning Dispute – Wikipedia’s arbitration committee has taken action against editors who insisted that whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is transsexual, go by her former name, Bradley.
  • One avenue for justice in Maryville, closed. – Across the internet, various groups are demanding justice for Daily Coleman, the 14-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a popular high school football player from a well-connected family. But it’s unclear what that “justice” would actually look like. A special prosecutor has been appointed to the case, and I’m hopeful she’ll be able to shed light on all the facts. But were it not for conservative Supreme Court justices, Daisy could have had other options: She could have sued her alleged attacker under a federal cause of action established by the Violence Against Women Act.
  • Op-ed: LGBT Kids In The Bible Belt Need Our Help – Why the south needs more shelters for LGBT youth.
  • Gay Student Told He Was Too Feminine to Borrow Laptop – A student was told he was presenting too effeminately to match his campus ID card.

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