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Virginia Attorney General Walks Thin Line On Stopping Same-Sex Marriages This Week
WASHINGTON — The likelihood is that the Supreme Court will, in the next 24 hours, stop same-sex couples in Virginia from being able to marry on Thursday.
At the same time, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hoping to successfully complete his tightrope walk of opposing the constitutionality of the ban on same-sex couples’ marriages while also seeking a ruling that would stop same-sex couples from being able to marry this week.

Virginia Attorney General Walks Thin Line On Stopping Same-Sex Marriages This Week

WASHINGTON — The likelihood is that the Supreme Court will, in the next 24 hours, stop same-sex couples in Virginia from being able to marry on Thursday.

At the same time, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hoping to successfully complete his tightrope walk of opposing the constitutionality of the ban on same-sex couples’ marriages while also seeking a ruling that would stop same-sex couples from being able to marry this week.

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No tear gas tonight, officials said; there was tear gas. No curfew, they said; CNN’s crew was forced off the air before midnight. #Ferguson

No tear gas tonight, officials said; there was tear gas. No curfew, they said; CNN’s crew was forced off the air before midnight. #Ferguson

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Expect Many, Many Lawsuits From Ferguson
WASHINGTON — It’s been nine days since Michael Brown was shot, unarmed, in the middle of a street in Ferguson, Missouri, but civil rights and civil liberties legal advocates say the legal fallout from the shooting and its tumultuous aftermath are just beginning.  
“There will be lawsuits up the kazoo,” said Barbara Arnwine, the longtime president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in an interview Sunday evening. “I think you’re going to see ripple after ripple of legal matters here in response to this outrageous situation.”

Expect Many, Many Lawsuits From Ferguson

WASHINGTON — It’s been nine days since Michael Brown was shot, unarmed, in the middle of a street in Ferguson, Missouri, but civil rights and civil liberties legal advocates say the legal fallout from the shooting and its tumultuous aftermath are just beginning.  

“There will be lawsuits up the kazoo,” said Barbara Arnwine, the longtime president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in an interview Sunday evening. “I think you’re going to see ripple after ripple of legal matters here in response to this outrageous situation.”

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Last night, I found that I still had this candle from my favorite candle shop in Columbus, Ohio — so it’s at least 5 years old. Lighting it made me smile and breathe deeply with appreciation for all that has happened in my life since I bought it — which filled me with gratefulness.

Last night, I found that I still had this candle from my favorite candle shop in Columbus, Ohio — so it’s at least 5 years old. Lighting it made me smile and breathe deeply with appreciation for all that has happened in my life since I bought it — which filled me with gratefulness.

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Why I’m talking about Robin Williams’s death.

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Robin Williams’s death, as with some others before him, has hit me particularly hard because of the closeness with which I view his struggles. As someone who has faced addiction & mental health issues, I can only say that talking about it & seeking help has been so important for me. Sharing & finding help doesn’t fix it all — and it doesn’t always work — but almost everyone I know would say that it lessens the burden at times. And, so often for me, the lessening of that burden is all that I needed to convince me that the next morning might be better. And, that’s a start. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 

These thoughts were included in a BuzzFeed post with several moving contributions from several of my amazing colleagues on Tuesday: “20 Stories Of Depression And Suicide And Living Our Lives.”

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So grateful for this, something I never could have imagined five years ago when blogging from my couch in Columbus.

So grateful for this, something I never could have imagined five years ago when blogging from my couch in Columbus.