These are men who are open about being gay but nonetheless have decided to marry women. A group of them have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court asking the Court to rule against gay marriage in the upcoming case because it undermines their marriages.
When Brian Murphy told me about what was going on with Texas and this effort to 'repatriate' the state's gold bullion I couldn't believe what I was hearing. And this is after the state's elected governor had starting sounding the alarm about President Obama possibly planning a military takeover of his state. So my disbelief was a pretty high bar. The story is sort of a perfect microcosm of a sizeable and wealthy state under 100% GOP verging into Tea Party management.
Here's a really interesting piece in the Times, by a professor of legal history at Vanderbilt, on how Rachel Dolezal and whites passing as blacks is not as unprecedented in our history as we might think. Certainly not as common as light skinned African-Americans passing as white - but it has its own history.
Dave Chappelle: “The thing that the media’s gotta be real careful about, that they’re kind of overlooking, is the emotional context of what [Dolezal] means. There’s something that’s very nuanced where she’s highlighting the difference between personal feeling and what’s construct as far as racism is concerned. I don’t know what her agenda is, but there’s an emotional context for black people when they see her and white people when they see her. There’s a lot of feelings that are going to come out behind what’s happening with this lady. And she’s just a person, no matter how we feel about her.”
I go offline for the afternoon and return to see that the Rachel Dolezal story has managed to get a lot weirder in my absence. First, she resigned from the presidency of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, which can probably be put down as a predictable turn of events. Less predictable is the news that when she was white in 2002, Dolezal sued Howard University for racial discrimination (Howard is a historically black university) for denying her graduate support, a scholarship because she was white. Then there's news that Dolezal is currently supporting the alleged victim in a child sex assault case against her biological older brother, Joshua Dolezal.