marriage-equalityMarriage Bans Upheld: USA Today reports the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit reversed rulings that overturned bans on marriage equality in four states: Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and right here in Kentucky.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton argued:

“When the courts do not let the people resolve new social issues like this one, they perpetuate the idea that the heroes in these change events are judges and lawyers,” Sutton said. “Better in this instance, we think, to allow change through the customary political processes, in which the people, gay and straight alike, become the heroes of their own stories by meeting each other not as adversaries in a court system but as fellow citizens seeking to resolve a new social issue in a fair-minded way.”

Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey saw things differently in her 22-page dissent:

“If we in the judiciary do not have the authority, and indeed the responsibility, to right fundamental wrongs left excused by a majority of the electorate, our whole intricate, constitutional system of checks and balances, as well as the oaths to which we swore, prove to be nothing but shams.”

Lawyers are appealing the decision.

Locally, the Fairness Campaign here in Louisville is hosting a protest at Jefferson Square today at noon. Visit their Facebook event page for more details.

Movin’ on Up: The Huffington Post reports President Obama is bringing Lt. Governor and former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson to Washington. Abramson will serve as liaison to state and local governments, which is something the Seneca High School graduate knows a little something about: dubbed “mayor for life,” he served as Louisville’s mayor for 21 years.

From The Post:

The White House said Obama selected Abramson as head of intergovernmental affairs because of his experience working across party lines and with leaders from the public and private sectors on the economy and health care.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin

Everything’s Not Lost: That there is the title of a Coldplay song. Which can only mean one thing: Jennifer Lawrence and Coldplay’s Chris Martin are back together. Or never split up. Or whatever.

But according to The Daily Mail (reputable, not at all), Design & Trend (quoting The Daily Mail, so not reputable by proxy), The Christian Times (what?), and People.

When People is your most reliable source, you might need to proceed with caution.

”Chris is meant to be going with her to London to the ‘Hunger Games’ world premiere. But he won’t make a public appearance,” an insider told the Daily Mail. “Jennifer hasn’t been talking about it – she’s been uncharacteristically quiet about the whole thing.”

I do so love the British. “Meant to be going.” Even when they’re just giving you routine information, it sounds judgmental and correctional.

Reader Mail:

Hey Kyle,
Ever think about going into politics? I’d vote for you.

Kind of you, but I’d never survive the background check. Most of the stuff from high school has been expunged, but college looks like it’s sticking around and junior year was particularly adventurous.

After listening to you on ART FM last week, I think you have a career as a political advisor just waiting for you. You should really think about it.
Name Withheld

And I’d have a promising future until my ultimate resignation following reports of my junior year surfaces, often referred to on the Kyle Zodialogical calendar as “The Year of Bad Decisions and Poor Judgment.”

And I suspect you know something, since you refused to give even a first name to run.

Smart guy,
The people have spoken and your girl lost, Liberal! How you feel now?

This moment? Nostalgic for my junior year.

So last week, I had maybe six different metaphors I was working for how I see this whole political landscape. My editor wisely took them all out because once you’re using a metaphor to clarify another metaphor that’s already three metaphors deep, it’s the opposite of clarity and I may have been—and I’m not saying I was—but I may have been way over my word count.

Which never happens.

I can never remember the old saying about brevity, but I’m pretty sure it was something about not needing to worry about it.

But in that kaleidoscope of metaphor, one of them was to do with football: if you’re a fan of the sport, a good game is more important than the victory of any one team.

So the hope is that we as a state and country move forward and prosper, no matter who’s name is on the fancy nameplate. To desire anything else based solely on the capital letter at the end of that name is foolishness.

And it’s a long dance, friends. You don’t want to cramp up during the first phrase.

I don’t know what it means, either.

Here’s an official clip from the big “Hunger Games” movie coming up, featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Thor’s brother, Liam Hemsworth.

See you next week.

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Kyle Ware
Kyle Ware is a Louisville-based actor, artist, educator and writer. His column, In Other News, appears at Insider Louisville every Friday.