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Last week, Rhode Island became the 10th state to allow same-sex couples to marry. This week, Delaware became the 11th. On Tuesday, a half hour after the bill passed in Delaware’s Senate with a vote of 12-9, Governor Jack Markell signed it into law. The legislation will officially come into effect starting July 1. And on Wednesday night, Florida’s governor Charlie Crist put his support for same-sex marriage in writing: “I most certainly support equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here,” he posted on his Facebook page.
Meanwhile, as the specifics of an immigration reform amendment known as the Uniting American Families Act (U.A.F.A.) are being worked out, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York announced on Thursday that, while he supports legislation that is in favor of protecting same-sex marriage, he worries that the inclusion of such provisions in the U.A.F.A. could affect the overall success of the bill, specifically because his Republican colleagues have said previously that they will not approve of them. This turns the inclusion of same-sex marriage protections in the bill into a “conundrum” for Schumer, who said,
“I would like very much to see it in the bill, but we have to have a bill that has support to get U.A.F.A passed.”
And in the midst of these historic victories and battles for same-sex marriage, Mother’s Day is around the corner. The cover of this week’s The New Yorker is dedicated to mothers everywhere, but more specifically, lesbian mothers. Pictured is a cartoon of two mothers clad in their morning slippers and robes. They are reading a card they found next to a bouquet of flowers on the kitchen table, presumably a gift from their three children, who are seen peeping to watch their mothers’ reactions from the foot of a staircase.
About a year and a half ago, Borders declared bankruptcy and closed all of its bookstores. Though suppliers and other such companies had a portion of their credit paid back to them during the liquidation process, at the present time, many of the country’s largest publishing companies claim they are still owed millions of dollars. On the list of the 20 largest publishing creditors associated with the Borders bankruptcy, Penguin Putnam takes the top spot—it is estimated that they are owed $41,118,914.
And speaking of books, it seems as though even the best writers have had difficulty with titles. Often, they came up with them when they least expected it: Edward Albee saw “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” written in soap across the bathroom mirror of a Greenwich Village saloon. And Ford Maddox Ford’s The Good Soldier was an alterative title he sarcastically gave his editors after they said his initial title, The Saddest Story, seemed too dreary. Although it was supposed to be a joke, the editors liked it enough to actually use it. For more stories about classic novels and their titles, check out the full article on Flavorwire.