Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Chris Pine on Russia; Marriage in Oklahoma; Randi Zuckerberg's Web Site;

Chris Pine on Russia

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I've posted about Chris Pine here before. He recently made his own comments about what's happening to the LGBTI community in Russia, all comments worthy of repeating more than once.

Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay legislation, which he calls "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense."

"I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there," the 33-year-old actor said in an interview while promoting his film "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." ''What's happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful."

Bravo! I've been saying basically the same thing since we all first learned about Russia's anti-gay laws. We simply have not done enough and the way we pander to this brand of hate absolutely amazes me.

You can read more here.

Marriage in Oklahoma

In what seems to be something similar to what happened in Utah recently, a federal judge has struck down the gay marriage ban in Oklahoma. With this came a warning to gay couples in Oklahoma, though. Those for the ban on gay marriage will appeal which will cause more legal issues until it's all settled.

The decision drew criticism from the governor, attorney general and other elected officials in this state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt. A state lawmaker who once said gay people posed a greater threat to the nation than terrorism blasted rulings from "activist judges."

Kern said the ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause because it precludes same-sex couples from receiving an Oklahoma marriage license. In his 68-page ruling, Kern frequently referenced U.S. Supreme Court decisions issued last summer on gay marriage. He also took a shot at Oklahoma's high divorce rate, noting that "excluding same-sex couples from marriage has done little to keep Oklahoma families together thus far."

I can't even begin to imagine what that state lawmaker means by terrorism. You can read more here.

Randi Zuckerberg's Web Site

Her web site is called Dot Complicated. For those who don't know, Randi Zuckerberg is the sister of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Back around BEA time of the year, I posted about Randi Zuckerberg's children's books and how she's working to keep children protected from certain aspects of the Internet. And while I'm by no means an obvious fan of any form of censorship, I do believe that what kids see anywhere should be treated with care.

In any event, Zuckerberg's web site seems to be progressing and I just wanted to follow up on it. I wish I were hearing more about it, but it's still new and there's still time.

Dot Complicated is an online community aimed at “untangling” our wired, wonderful lives, created by Randi Zuckerberg. Technology has changed virtually every part of our lives: how we interact with friends and family, how we raise our children, how we announce major life news, how we find love, and how we manage our careers.

For our society, it’s like the wild, wild west – social norms and etiquette are changing constantly as we get used to life with smartphones, 24/7 access to one another, and more emails than one person could ever humanly respond to.

I only hope it continues to grow. You can read more here.

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