On Marriage, Family, and the Rule of Law

“Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival[,]” reads the opinion issued by the Supreme Court of the United States. “[T]he freedom to marry, or not marry, … resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed by the State[,]” it concludes. However, these are not the words of Anthony Kennedy, in the Same Sex Marriage decision issued on June 26, but of Chief Justice Earl Warren for a unanimous court in Loving v. Virginia. Like Obergefell, this decision came out in June, but it was on June 12, 1967. Like Obergefell, it would overturn state bans on marriage. This case overturned bans on interracial marriage that existed in 18 states. But for this case, my family could not exist.
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iPads at the Restaurant

So this is a bit of a new one for me. We went out for lunch for Father’s Day and at the table next to us, there was a father, mother, grandmother, and young son (he looked to be about 3). The first thing they pull out is the iPhone and play some videos for him. Then out comes the iPad and a steady stream of YouTube videos. This is annoying but it’s not the new part. The new one for me was when the father pulled out his iPhone again and Facetimed someone else! Continue reading iPads at the Restaurant

Standing Up For You – A Letter to Minnow

Dear Minnow,

As will sometimes happen, I let you down last Sunday. We were at Guppy’s friend’s birthday party and you had fallen asleep. I was having a conversation with someone who identified as a cop. He explained how if one group of people (he called them “green people” so he could avoid calling them Black) committed 80% of the crimes, then they should be looked at as more likely to commit crimes. He talked about how lenient the system was for minorities compared to whites because no one wanted to be called a racist. He pontificated on how cops only arrested people when they saw a crime being committed, and how policies like stop and frisk were really good things. Continue reading Standing Up For You – A Letter to Minnow