Friday News Bites: Marriage Equality in Montana + More

Yeah, I’m busy on Facebook liking every single positive mention of marriage equality in my state. My whole timeline is one big victory lap from everyone I know who has hoped for this moment.

And while Montana’s victory is no more momentous than any other state embracing marriage equality — like South Carolina also did this week — this is the state in which I’ve spent the majority of my life and where I still live, so indulge me.

Montana drawn as an equals sign, representing marriage equality

On Wednesday, District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled that Montana’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. So as of 8 a.m. Thursday morning, same-sex couples could start applying for marriage licenses. 

And in Great Falls, my friends (and named parties in the court case) Angie and Tonya Rolando were among the first to receive their license. I’m so happy for them and all the couples who are now able to make it “official.”

I really wish I had this unicorn confetti for celebrating purposes.

I mean, if Charles Manson can get a marriage license with relatively little hassle, then certainly same-sex (and non-murdery!) couples should be afforded the same rights.

By the way, researchers are getting closer to proving a genetic link to homosexuality. Not that your science-averse relatives will be swayed by this study, but still. Progress.

In Other News:

The Philae lander that arrived on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko last week has “fallen asleep” after running out of power. Because of an awkward landing, the craft was unable to rotate in time for the sun to hit its solar panels:

Despite the lander shutting down for now, all might not be lost forever.

The comet is currently out beyond the orbit of Mars, heading for its closest approach to the sun in August 2015. This will bring it as close to the sun as Earth’s orbit. There the sunlight will be brighter and may just allow Philae to reboot and power up.

Here’s some cool time-lapse footage of the biggest sunspot in 24 years. SPACE!

Dear Buffalo, New York: I’m sorry your weather is really OTT right now. Hunker down with some liquor and dream of spring.

I’m not sure how you can declare a State of Emergency ahead of anything actually happening, but that is just what Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has done “in anticipation of possible unrest” when the court rules on the case against Darren Wilson for Michael Brown’s murder.

Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael is apparently an asshole when it comes to journalists who criticize the company. 

In Entertainment:

Little League World Series pitcher Mo’ne Davis will have a memoir out this spring called Remember My Name. Author Hilary Beard will co-write.

R.A. Montgomery, creator of Choose Your Own Adventure books, died this week. He was 78 years old.

Sean Bean will star in a new six-part series called The Frankenstein Chronicles. The description sounds like it could be quite good.

And finally, this blind screech owl has the coolest galaxy-eyes ever.

Until next time, 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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