Friday News Bites: More Marriage Equality and David Bowie Goodness

That’s right, I’ve managed not one, but two news stories that involve David Bowie. We’ve also got some judges who could be heroes, just for one day…

What? Let me pretend I’m clever with my song references.

Indiana joined the ever-growing list of states that have ruled same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional. Meanwhile, parts of Colorado have started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as they fall in the same court district as ban-overturning Utah. Colorado’s Attorney General tried to be a killjoy and say they are invalid, but proponents are confident that the marriages will stay legally sound.

In Louisiana, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman has said that not only should the state recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but that Louisiana should make it legal at home too. Can you imagine a Mardi Gras wedding?

If you’ll allow me to get all Home State Shout-Out: Two friends of mine, who are involved in the court case against Montana’s same-sex marriage ban, received an official letter of support from our governor, Steve Bullock:

Marriage Equality Letter of Support from MT Governor Steve Bullock
(photo courtesy Angie Rolando)

Montana represent, mannn…

Speaking of Montana, we recently had lightning strike a wind turbine. So if you’ve ever wondered what a melted wind turbine blade looks like, do click through.

And if you’ve ever wondered what the most popular religion in your state after Christianity is, here’s a handy map.

That story floating around about the disfigured girl being kicked out of a KFC? Yeah, not so much with the truth.

I don’t think I actually knew that a Chevy Cruze is a car that exists, but if you drive one, you may have an airbag issue.

You know what, I’ll just let this headline speak for itself: “EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway.”

Time for David Bowie News:

When it’s time to apologize to David Bowie, you apologize to David Bowie, especially when it involves cool astronaut stuff.

Have you ever wondered what became of The Babe With the Power (what power?) in The LabyrinthHe’s all grown-up and still has… wait for it… the Power of Voodoo.

R.I.P. Notices:

Inventor of Kevlar, Stephanie Kwolek, has died at the age of 90. She invented the strong, bullet-blocking material in 1965 while working as a chemist for DuPont.

While Kevlar has become synonymous with protective vests and helmets, it has become a component material in products ranging from airplanes and armored military vehicles to cellphones and sailboats. Kevlar can be found in spacesuits, baseball bats, notebook computers and underground mining equipment.

Now there’s a Badass Lady of History.

Also, prolific actor Eli Wallach died this week, aged 98.  He and his wife, Anne Jackson, were married 65 years, which is just as outstanding as his career, I’d say.

See you next week, friends.

By Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

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