What We Missed

Your reading and thinking about Obama’s marriage equality affirmation isn’t complete until you’ve heard Jay Smooth’s take.

In North Carolina, where marriage equality was just voted down this week, a lesbian has been arrested for seeking a marriage license.

A Mothers’ Day message from Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother.

I’m proud to be The Line Campaign’s “Badass Activist” of the week!

Here are some photos of a baby wombat. This is obviously a very serious and important feminist issue.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted May 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    The woman was not arrested for attempting to get a license. She was arrested for refusing to leave after the building was closed. Huge difference, and while it’s still an unsettling story, it’s also worrisome that I’ve been seeing variations of this very misleading headline all day. No need to sensationalize, the story stands on its own.

  2. Posted May 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    In North Carolina, where marriage equality was just voted down this week, a lesbian has been arrested for seeking a marriage license.

    I was all set to be properly outraged by an even more substantial of NC’s terrible bigotry. I clicked on the link, super curious to find out how NC could possibly justify arresting someone for trying to get a marriage license.

    Then I read the article. Just to save everyone else some time, I’ll clarify that the arrest was for protesting the North Carolina law, blocking the entrance to the marriage license office, and refusing to leave after closing time.

    As has been pointed out a time or two in the past, the news is bad enough without any of us resorting to deliberately misleading headlines. While I support Jamis’ act of civil disobedience, and I obviously think that North Carolina’s amendment is regressive and immoral, there’s a pretty substantive difference between “being arrested for seeking a marriage license” and “being arrested for protesting unjust laws.”

  3. Posted May 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Also, in the spirit of accurate reporting, we did not vote on marriage equality this week. Gay marriage was already outlawed, and the language we added to our constitution is so sweeping it literally excludes ANY form of couple or family that isn’t one man and one woman. (Of course, in my mind this begs the question of how North Carolina officially defines “man” and “woman”… something most legislators and citizens I’m sure didn’t give a second thought…)

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