Gay Marriage Is Finally Just Marriage

It’s a great day in America!

Marriage equality is now the law of the land thanks to a landmark 5-4 SCOTUS ruling that the 14th Amendment protects same-sex unions.

I’m so happy for the countless Americans who will now be able to get married and be miserable like the rest of us 😉 Continue reading

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Enroll Now: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 5.30.13 AMOver the past few years, as climate science denial has continued to linger around the internet like a bad STD, I’ve often struggled with the idea of whether or not to engage those who deliberately deny science for political reasons or out of sheer ignorance.

As the amazing astrophysicist and anointed spokesperson for science Neil deGrasse Tyson said last year, “As an educator, I’d rather just get people thinking straight in the first place, so I don’t have to then debate them later on.” Continue reading

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I’m Done Talking About The Insanely Obvious Need For Tougher Gun Laws In America

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There was a terrible, awful, horrible mass shooting last week in Charleston that took the life of South Carolina Senator/Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a friend and client of mine, as well as eight other wonderful human beings who gathered in an historic church to pray together. And in the wake of that event, two things have become clear:

1. The Confederate flag needs to come down from the Statehouse grounds. Immediately.
2. We need much tougher gun laws in this country.

The first thing is going to happen. It’s probably only a matter of days or weeks at this point. But the second thing is a much, much, much greater challenge. It’s a challenge I still don’t think our country has the stomach for yet. Still! Even after this. And honestly, it’s a challenge I’m tired of talking about. Continue reading

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The Civil War Was Definitely Fought Over Slavery

I love history. I’ve always loved history, especially the American Civil War. From a young age I consumed everything I could get my hands on. It fascinated me.

The guys dressed in funky clothes standing in ridiculously long lines shooting at each other with muskets and cannon across huge, sprawling, otherwise peaceful grass fields. The brilliant military minds who plotted and planned, looking for the slightest edge to turn the tides of war. The “what if” scenarios of battles big and small. The toll the conflict took on everyday citizens and society as a whole. And of course, the complicated political turmoil that created this monumental struggle for the future of our nation.

But despite an endless sea of complexities surrounding the War of the States, one thing was always clear to me: it was fought over slavery. Continue reading

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Where Does It All End, Walmart? Where Does It All End?

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This is simply too beautiful not to share. I don’t know Luke Massie-Smith, but kudos to him for writing possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen on the internet.

One day Walmart is removing all of its Confederate flag merchandise, the next, “your wife is a man now, and all your guns have gotten gay married.” It’s a very slippery slope out there, folks.

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