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One year ago today, the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which has catapulted the current lawsuits and rulings across the nation in support of marriage equality. It is only appropriate to have a rainbow cake, either virtually or in reality to celebrate the changes that are coming for LGBT couples.

Along with the federal ruling yesterday (that will most likely be appealed again) for Utah and Indiana, a republican senator has come out in support of marriage equality. 

slate.com
Bernie Sanders Claims He’s a Longtime Champion of Marriage Equality. It’s Just Not True.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders likes to describe himself as a longtime supporter of marriage equality—in sharp contrast to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinto

“But Sanders is not quite the gay rights visionary his defenders would like us to believe. Sanders did oppose DOMA—but purely on states’ rights grounds. And as recently as 2006, Sanders opposed marriage equality for his adopted home state of Vermont. The senator may have evolved earlier than his primary opponents. But the fact remains that, in the critical early days of the modern marriage equality movement, Sanders was neutral at best and hostile at worst.”

Hillary Clinton declared in her historic speech on the world stage, “Gay rights are Human rights.” 

In this speech, Hillary outlines what she did for LGBTQ people around the world. Her implementations as Secretary of State has made it safer to be LGBT in a world of so much hate. 

Hillary has also worked with the Human Rights Campaign on a variety of issues as New York Senator and she was the first First Lady to march in a gay pride parade. 

Curious why Hillary was asked to speak at the Human Rights Campaign and not Bernie? Watch her speech:

As New York Senator, Hillary fought for stronger hate crime laws and anti-discrimination laws. As Secretary of State, Hillary enacted lifesaving policies and programs that saved LGBTQ people around the globe.

STOP THE CHARACTER ASSASSINATION AGAINST HILLARY. 

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I love the way this scene sets up questions about responsibility and redemption.  Amelda accuses Kaiba of responsibility for his brother’s death.  Mokuba immediately protests.  That’s when Kaiba intervenes, stopping Mokuba cold, giving Amelda the space to continue.  The ice cold glare in one of the middle frames is Kaiba shaking his head at Mokuba when he protests.

Amelda takes full advantage of Kaiba’s silence, scathingly telling him that redemption is impossible because every act that Mokuba is praising… everything Kaiba is or will ever do is based on blood money – and that none of it will ever make up for the past.  In a few brief sentences, Amelda gets straight to the heart of Kaiba’s own doubts.

There are a lot of things Kaiba could say in response: that he was a child at the time trying to choose between various bad options, that he had no control over Gozaburo’s actions.  Instead Kaiba states that he’s never denied his responsibility, that he accepts that he inherited Kaiba Corporation’s sins with his company.  He acknowledges that Amelda’s point of view has validity.

There’s never been any doubt that Kaiba feels a deep responsibility for Kaiba Corporation’s role in killing people or an equally deep guilt for his part (even inadvertently) in designing weapons.  He schemed to take the Kaiba name and he is willing to live up to what he sees as the obligations that go along with that choice.  But I also think that Kaiba would rather take the blame for things he had no control over than admit that he was helpless and powerless to prevent them.

The duel starts with two opposing beliefs: Amelda’s certainty that redemption is impossible versus Mokuba’s equally absolute belief that everything his brother has done moving forward is redeeming both himself and his corporation.

There’s a real sense that Kaiba doesn’t know which truth will ultimately be his, that as much as he want’s to believe in Mokuba’s version of his life, he’s afraid that Amelda’s is the true one.  And Amelda’s is the one that ties in more deeply with his own attitudes and philosophy.  So Kaiba does what he always does – he presses forward and puts everything on the line emotionally in his duel with Amelda.  He’s dueling to prove his own worth.

And then the duel ends in a tie.

It has to end in a tie.  Because whether redemption is possible isn’t a simple yes or no question.  It’s also a question that Kaiba himself doesn’t know the answer to.  This duel cuts to the heart of Kaiba’s own doubts and conflicts and while those are still unresolved how could the duel end in anything but a tie?

Fer Buleria and Valentina at Villa Equus, the dressage paradise created by Spain’s Olympic medalist Beatriz Ferrer Salat. Today, they were enjoying the pleasure of enjoying an early morning ride in the autumn mists. The first foals of this magnificient stallion were born this spring.

Fer Bulería y Valentina en Villa Equus, el paraiso de doma creado por medallista olimpica de España, Beatriz Ferrer Salat. Hoy en día, que estaban disfrutando el placer de montar por la mañana en la niebla de otoño. Primeros hijos de este semental nacidos esta primavera.