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A New Hampshire Marriage
Many real issues are abstract right up until they aren’t. Last summer, this space took the soon-to-be head of the Tucker Foundation to task for stances that he, and organizations with which he had worked, had taken towards homosexuality and gay marriage. Bishop James Tengatenga responded weakly and politically to the concerns of students and the opinions expressed here, and President Hanlon chose not to fulfill the offer that the College had made to him. Phil made a good decision that day.
Gay marriage has always been an easy ideological question for me. On civil rights grounds, the sincere desire of two mature people to enjoy the legal rights bestowed by marriage should not be impeded due to their gender. Arguments that extending such a right to same-sex couples would undermine the sanctity of man-woman relations just do not hang together. Would gay men and women seek opposite-sex partners just because the state did not allow them to be wedded to the person of their choice? The fallacy of that argument should be clear to anyone observing the world around us.
And then there is Cassie, who coordinates the 30 trainers and 400 clients in my Hanover business’ personal training program. She’s sharp, funny, even-tempered, ever-cheerful, and a joy to work with. She was married to her long-time partner Valerie two weekends ago. How can one be opposed to allowing a person to be married to someone that they love?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…