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 former House Financial Services Committee chairman 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 and 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.”)
Yesterday was a performance of 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. Note that if we had not elected Barack Obama, the vote would not have been 5-4 for equality, but 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 worked as hard as anybody to get them confirmed. I look you in the eye and tell you I’ve said a thousand times that I wanted Alito and Roberts. I have told anybody who will listen. I flat-out tell you I will have people as close to Roberts and Alito [as possible].” Roberts and Alito, as you know, 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.
And it’s only Thursday!
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For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.~Ted Kennedy
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