Monday was the re-opening of Buyer and Cellar at the Barrow Street Theater — “utterly charming,” said the Associated Press. “Delicious,” says Variety. “A hilarious delight,” says the New York Observer. We even got to meet Jane Lynch, one of several stars in the audience.
(It was also the day of the terrible Supreme Court ruling that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act — another Republican victory for voter suppression.)
Tuesday was the unveiling of Barney Frank’s portrait in the Capitol. (Scroll down for some nice shots.) Funny and touching, with everyone there from Fed Chair Ben Bernanke to former Bush Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to Barney’s husband Jim and his family to Robert Kaiser, whose Act of Congress tells the story of Dodd-Frank.
(It was also Wendy Davis’s epic filibuster to prevent a ban of safe, legal abortion in much of Texas.)
(And Ed Markey’s win in the race to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat.)
(And what Al Gore called “the best address on climate by any president ever.”)
Wednesday we saw The Assembled Parties. Judith Light is amazing. We even got to say hello to Norman Lear at intermission.
(And the Supreme Court overturned DOMA and allowed marriage to resume in California. Had not elected Barack Obama, the vote would have been 6-3 against. We know this because in 2008 John McCain said, “I’ve said a thousand times on this campaign trail, I’ve said as often as I can, that I want to find clones of Alito and Roberts. . . . I flat-out tell you I will have people as close to Roberts and Alito [as possible].” Roberts and Alito, as you know, this week voted against equality. Justices Sotomayor and Kagan voted for.)
The end of DOMA means, perhaps most poignantly, that thousands of “bi-national couples” will no longer have to choose whether to leave their loved one or their country. Foreign same-sex spouses will now be able to apply for Green Cards, just like the spouses of any other Americans.
Thursday saw Senate passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, 68-32.
(And the President and First Lady standing in the same doorway tens of thousands of Africans passed centuries ago as they were loaded onto slave ships bound for America.)
Of all these, the marriage decisions had the most immediacy. (Michael S., who used to run a large national ad agency: “I am still trying to absorb the news from the Court. When I came out, being gay was still a disease, against the law, and of course sinful.” Marriage? Edgar Bronfman reflects on the matter, here. )
But the rest was big, too.
Have a great weekend.
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Why shouldn't the American people take half my money from me? I took all of it from them.~Edward A. Filene, Department Store Magnate, 1860-1937
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