Derrick Fogle is known by some as Columbia's "Hack Man," frequenting Liberty Plaza or Speaker's Circle to put on a show with his footbags, boom box and camera. He works at MU as the lead audiovisual systems engineer and is a frequent commenter on the Missourian's website.
I am pleased with the DOMA ruling, because I believe it does help LGBT rights and equality; also, displeased with Voting Rights ruling, because racism is still very real, and voter disenfranchisement, specifically, is currently a key racist / classist strategy. Regardless, it's been fascinating watching the left / right whipsaw around with these very apparently politically disparate rulings. If you weren't sure SCOTUS really just comes down to Roberts before, you should be now.
SCOTUS seems to have based their decision on the voting rights issue on the idea that we are a post-racist culture, and that's an absolute falsehood. Voting rights have been under attack by ALEC and affiliated right-wing groups for years, and yes it's clearly a class- and race-suppression tactic. It's shameful for SCOTUS to ignore this reality.
The DOMA ruling, at least, fell on the side of equal rights and equal protection. The Church is the only institution obsessed with gays and homosexuality (giving us an indication of just where these people's minds are). Most of the rest of us have moved on, realize that gays deserve equal rights, and reject the Church's attempts to force their misbegotten moralism on the rest of us.
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