October 26, 2009

In Which Print Media Is Not Yet Dead

I know newspapers are dying and all, but my school still gives us the New York Times for free, so here's what I was reading today!

There's a depressing article about the increase in youth homelessness because of the recession. The article said that "at least 1.6 million juveniles run away or are thrown out of their homes annually," and while the article didn't mention it, 20-40% of them are GLBT, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Obviously homeless youth is tragic problem no matter what sexual orientation the kid is, and foreclosure and similar issues are major contributing factors... but the fact that 26 percent of gay teens who came out to their parents/guardians were told they must leave home (according to one study) is also part of the problem.

Meanwhile, there was a column about the gay marriage lawsuit in California, filed by Theodore Olsen and David Boies, suggesting that Prop 8 violated the federal Constitution. It had some fun stories about arguments against gay marriage crumbling on top of themselves, but nothing particularly new.

Judge Vaughn R. Walker asked him: What would be the harm of permitting gay men and lesbians to marry?

“Your honor, my answer is: I don’t know,” Mr. Cooper said. “I don’t know.”

His argument that it's all about the baby-makin' fell apart in a similar way. Good to know the obvious things that everyone's been saying for ages are finally being treated as such.

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