09 July 2010

Week-End Reading

Here's some of today's news for you reading enjoyment.
  • Bans are illegal ... except in Virginia: CNN is reporting that a federal judge has ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional "because it interferes with an individual state's right to define marriage". U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro stated that "irrational prejudice plainly never constitutes a legitimate government interest". This ruling could find state judges striking down state laws banning SSM and thus open the door to a Constitutional Amendment banning recognition for same-sex marriage.

    But in the meantime, some states are finding creative ways to ban SSM. If you wish to be legally recognized as "married" in Virginia, you apparently have to be legally married in Virginia. The Commonwealth apparently will not recognize marriages performed in other states. (Someone should introduce Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to this little bit of light reading.)
  • Office etiquette: The DC Careers Examiner has a list of five things you shouldn't share at the workplace. I'd like to add a five more items to the list, if I may: flatulence, your spouse's cooking, your political opinions, the latest thing on the internet that you found side-splitting-ly hilarious, and unsolicited stories about your vacation/kids/grandkids/pets.
  • Another step closer to a vaccine: The Wall Street Journal reports on some positive news for people with HIV. According to the article, "U.S. government scientists say they have discovered three powerful antibodies, the strongest of which neutralizes 91% of HIV strains, more than any AIDS antibody yet discovered." But they aren't stopping there. They hope that this new discovery will also help lead them towards a cure for the common cold. (Seriously.)

No comments: