Monday, June 29, 2015

The Week that Was Equality

Last week, President Obama visited the White House Rose Garden to deliver his statements on recent Supreme Court decisions concerning the ACA and the marriage equality question. He was
direct and uplifting as he acknowledged that the court's decisions had been momentous and as he put it "justice arrived like a thunderbolt."  And so it was.

Although the high court ruled and masses of same sex couples rejoiced, all of this jubilation was not taken in by everyone. Almost immediately the right wing, wing nuts and fringe haters went into overdrive to deride what had been decided by the highest court in the land. Social media lit up with rainbow colors amidst tantrums and screeds of denial, disdain and denigration of the decision and its alleged after affects on the country. There was the extremes of one pastor citing that he might set himself ablaze to protest the decision. Others proclaimed that the nation was now going to hell in a SCOTUS hand basket.

COP 24/7 was attempting to take it all in including the emotional and stirring eulogy offered by the President in South Carolina that was capped off by our week long posting in recognition of National HIV Testing Week.  And here we are on the cusp of the second half of 2015 and our countdown to ending this forum. Its been a wild ride since our inception and who would have thought that this time capsule would now contain information on the one of greatest cultural shifts in our nation's history. Although Obama had to evolve in his thinking, he stated, "they’ve reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law, that all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are or who they love.”

He continued,  Just two days before the court’s decision, Obama reflected on society’s political shift at a reception for LGBT activists.
“A decade ago, politicians ran against LGBT rights,” Obama said. “Today, they’re running towards them. Because they’ve learned what the rest of the country knows — that marriage equality is about our civil rights, and our firm belief that every citizen should be treated equally under the law.”

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Pride in The ROCK Presents

As pride activities were a their zenith over the weekend after the SCOTUS ruling, wait there's more! Arkansas CAN ( Creating Awareness Now) has announced its Pride in Rock listing of activities beginning, July 23-26, 2015.

According to their FB page, "Unity in the Community," has been chosen as the theme for this years activities. Currently the effort is being sponsored by Tarsus Brothers, Heart Throb Productions and Juiced Entertainment. The site states that more details and additional information will be posted.

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