- American media on the India gang rape: Omg those barbarians are out of control! Look at us, we're so ahead of the times!
- American media on the Steubenville rape: Omg look at the lives we're ruining by convicting these 16 year old rapists!
Michigan’s first gay marriage: Same-sex wedding on American Indian reservation under tribal law
(WXYZ) - Tim Lacroix and and Gene Barfield became the first gay couple to be married in Michigan. The two were wed in a ceremony held today on a northern Michigan Indian reservation. Tribal law permitted the marriage which is prohibited under the state Constitution.
Lacroix, 53, belongs to Michigan’s Indian Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. He and Barfield, 60, have been partners for 30 years.
In 2004, Michigan voters approved a same-sex marriage ban in the form of an amendment to the state’s Constitution.
Today’s marriage became possible through an amendment made to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians’ marriage statute.
The chairman of the tribe in Petoskey, Dexter McNamara, signed that amendment Friday morning. He later participated in the ceremony and pronounced Lacroix and Barfield married.
Tribal officials believe the marriage is safe from the federal Defense of Marriage Act which is in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Lacroix and Barfield both served several years in the U.S. Navy and believe they fought for everyone else’s rights and freedom and now they say they want the same rights.
A 2012 Michigan State University study found that more than half of the state - 56% - supports gay marriage . This marked an increase from when the same study was conducted in 2011.
According to the Associated Press, same-sex marriages are also recognized by the Coquille Tribe in North Bend, Oregon and the Suquamish Tribe in Suquamish, Washington.
The verdicts out, the Two boys in the Ohio rape case have been found guilty, and they are likely to serve a 5 year sentence. They still maintain however, that it wasn’t rape. The fact that we live in a society where taking sexual advantage of an unconscious girl doesn’t send up immediate flags as something you shouldn’t do is evidence that something is seriously fucked up in society. Fuck rape culture.
It appears there is a wave of unsurprised disappointment among left wing catholic radicals. The new pope opposes liberation theology, same sex marriage, and abortion. He is however, a Jesuit from Argentina, very different than.. well every pope since the 8th century, so it could still be interesting to see where he goes with this.
A gang rape happened in Ohio and no one heard about it. A gang rape happened in India and everyone heard about it (as we should). The American media has represented India as a misogynistic country where women need to be constantly wary of the men that surround them. And after that gang rape, large-scale protests blocked the streets and clogged the media. Now, I am in no way saying that rape and domestic violence are not problems in India. As an Indian-American woman who has been to India many times and is incredibly familiar with the culture, I am in no way denying that. Rape, in India, is a serious problem. Rape, especially in lower class areas in India, is an extremely prevalent problem that needs to stop being ignored and taken seriously. Violence against women in India is a serious issue.
But violence against women in America is also a serious problem. Violence against women in South Africa, and Sweden, and Chile, and Thailand, is a serious problem. Violence against women is a serious problem. Period. Full stop. While our media went out representing India as a typical place for these deplorable events to happen, another woman’s similar story went ignored and without subsequent societal action. This country outright refuses to admit that it is a rape culture.
Our media and our country are so obsessed with presenting foreign countries as worse than us or uncivilized or, most importantly, undemocratic, they will blast our radios and timelines and homepages with news of rapes in India, but refuse to acknowledge that the same thing happens here and is happening here. Anisha Ahuja, Why Does America Pretend it Doesn’t Hate Women? (Feminspire.com)