August 4th, 2010

Yay!

It's about time!!!

It took them forever to come to a decision long after the pro/con arguments were over, but California's Supreme Court finally made the right decision:

California Same-Sex Marriage Ban Overturned By State Supreme Court

Discrimination is discrimination is discrimination, and that issue should never have been allowed to be decided by popular vote.

A portion of the ruling document declares:

A state’s interest in an enactment must of course be secular in nature. The state does not have an interest in enforcing private moral or religious beliefs without an accompanying secular purpose. See Lawrence v Texas, 539 US 558, 571 (2003); see also Everson v Board of Education of Ewing Township, 330 US 1, 15 (1947).

and

THE RIGHT TO MARRY PROTECTS AN INDIVIDUAL’S CHOICE OF MARITAL
PARTNER REGARDLESS OF GENDER
The freedom to marry is recognized as a fundamental right protected by the Due Process Clause.


The plaintiffs' attorneys were very smart in shaping the Proposition 8 law as a 14th-Amendment violation. A huge step for California today, and it could not be more welcome. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!

Psycho Penguin

Mini-update

There wasn't much writing last weekend (typical, nowadays). After 3 weekends away, I was forced to confront the runaway yard. Lots of weeding, pruning (yes, it's a 4-season activity!), and tidying in preparation for Sunday company.

Saturday night HalfshellHusband and I saw Salt, since Iron Man 2 wasn't showing at a good time. 'Salt' was entertaining, even if you could see the ending coming a mile away. HSH thinks Angelina Jolie looks too much like a model for these action roles (though that's how she got her start, really), and I think she's too scrawny. She needs at least 10 more pounds to look like she has any believable strength or stamina. True last summer (Wanted), still true now.

Sunday, we had a friend and her son over, old acquaintances from Christopher's preschool days. The mother's job is about to be outsourced overseas, though fortunately she's eligible for long-term disability and needs to pull back from full-time work anyway. *sigh* I want better health and peace of mind for her—a new kidney, and the ability to not have to worry about the "what ifs" that plague any parent (but single parents most of all). :(

If you haven't signed an organ donor card yet for your state/province/country, please consider doing so, and please spread the word among friends and acquaintances. /PSA

Afterward, we got the kids ready for camp, which is always MUCH more work than I anticipate. They left on Monday for two different camps (overlapping them was the only way I could get control of our summer schedule). It's nice having some quiet to ourselves, though I'm spending too much of it doing online birthday shopping and planning their parties (both in August).

Which means I have this to share with you, courtesy of Christopher's LEGO interests: Mutant Shark Warrior (independent of playset context, this guy is awesome), Manta Warrior (ditto), Squid Warrior (at the bottom of this $100 playset, and he canNOT be bought separately, which hacks me off), and (seriously) random zombie minifigure with turkey drumstick and attack shovel! \o/

And before you ask, yes, I've been looking at the pirate playsets. They're not on Christopher's birthday list, but they're pirate LEGOs. Need I say more?