YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: gay marriage, presidential Twitter-lynching, racist beards and more!



BIG FLORIDIAN GAY MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT COMING THIS MORNING. HERE’S AS QUICK REMINDER AS TO WHY IT WILL REMAIN DIFFICULT, EVEN IF JUSTICE WINS OUT: "Now the movement faces its greatest test as foes complain that the recent decisions have leapt ahead of the public in those deeply red states and risk creating another Roe v Wade, where courts settle a divisive social issue but sow the seeds for prolonged conflict. In both states, elected officials largely greeted the rulings with fury and gay rights groups are bracing for a series of proposals in the state legislature that could target their community. ‘There's a widespread sense of surprise and umbrage that one judge could do that,’ said Paul Mero of the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Utah. ‘I'm disappointed that any single lower court judge thinks they can overrule millennia of custom, tradition and law.’ John Williamson, who wrote the ballot measure that was overturned in Oklahoma last week, said that as a Christian he will never accept the legitimacy of gay marriage. ‘But in states that by a vote of the people have approved that, I say 'OK, they got what they want. You have a majority of the people there, and if the minority doesn't like it, they can move to Oklahoma,’ said Williamson, a former state senate president. ‘But now what can we do?’” (via Miami Herald) 


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 FELONIOUS SKUNK. IN CASE YOU WERE CURIOUS ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH REPUBLICAN MESSAGING IN FLORIDA: "As Americans honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 said President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes. ‘I'm past impeachment,’ Joshua Black wrote on Twitter. ‘It's time to arrest and hang him high.’ The tweet caught the attention of Chris Latvala, a Republican candidate for House District 67. ‘You aren't seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you?’ Latvala replied. ‘I know you are crazy but good heavens. U R an embarrassment.’  Latvala added: ‘I make it my business when so called GOP candidates become an embarrassment to my beloved party.’ Black, 31, of Pinellas Park moved to Florida in 2007 after practicing street evangelism in St. Louis and works as a taxi driver. According to his campaign website, Black entered politics in 2012 when he tried influencing the presidential primary. The website says: ‘Republicans have a serious communication problem. Everything we say sounds like spears.’” (via Tampa Bay Times)


A STIRRING LOOK BACK AT HOW FAR WE’VE COME AND HOW FAR WE STILL HAVE TO GO IN THE SOUTH: “We — the heirs of a proud South, who protest its worth and demand it recognition — we are the ones who have ducked the difficult, skirted the uncomfortable, caviled at the challenge, resented the necessary, rationalized the unacceptable, and created the day surely when these children would die. This is no time to load our anguish onto the murderous scapegoat who set the cap in dynamite of our own manufacture. He didn’t know any better. Somewhere in the dim and fevered recess of an evil mind he feels right now that he has been a hero. He is only guilty of murder. He thinks he has pleased us. We of the white South who know better are the ones who must take a harsher judgment. We, who know better, created a climate for child-killing by those who don’t.” (via Poynter) 

YOUR HIPSTER BEARD IS RACIST: “This is not the first time in recent memory that American men have sprouted facial hair in great numbers. The 1960s bristled with sideburns and beards—pared down, in the 1970s, to the decade’s iconic mustache. But one characteristic distinguishes this revival from previous ones: Today’s facial-hair enthusiasts share an affection for the ornate practices of the 1800s—the exuberant beards and ostentatious moustaches, as well as the elegance and “manliness” of the shops where those styles were cultivated. What follows is the lost story of American facial hair. Like countless other histories, it is rife with contradictions. It begins with white Americans at the time of the Revolution who derided barbering as the work of “inferiors.” It continues with black entrepreneurs who turned it into a source of wealth and prestige. And it concludes with the advent of the beard—a fashion born out of desperation but transformed into a symbol of masculine authority and white supremacy.” (via The Atlantic)


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