Star trails over Nebraska
Court strikes down the last ban on LGBTQ foster parents in the country
The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a decision to strike down a ban on same-sex couples from becoming foster parents.
By Nicole Chavez, CNN

Last week, Nebraska’s State Supreme Court upheld a decision to strike down an ancient law that banned same-sex couples from becoming foster parents. Nebraska’s law was the last anti-LGBTQ foster parenting law on the books. 

In 2013, three same-sex couples filed lawsuits because they were turned down as potential foster parents, even after going through all the proper background checks. Those decisions were based on a memo from 1995 that read, "It is the policy of the Department of Social Service that children will not be placed in the homes of persons who identify themselves as homosexuals. This policy also applies to the area of foster home licensure.” 

In 2015, a judge ordered the state agency to license gay men and lesbians as foster parents but the state appealed the decision. State officials said in court they intended to place children in the most “family-like setting,” the ruling states.

Similar to the Nebraska Supreme Court ruling, other courts across the nation have changed long-time policies and granted same-sex couples parenting rights in recent years.

Last year, a federal judge struck down a ban on adoptions by same-sex couples in Mississippi. A few weeks before, the Supreme Court summarily reversed an Alabama Supreme Court decision that had refused to recognize a same- sex parent adoption from another state.

I can’t believe it took this long, but here we are, and the world is a bit better.
Congressman refuses to say if Americans are entitled to eat
Rep. Adrian Smith, a GOP lawmaker from Nebraska, is a key figure on agriculture policy.

NPR’s Scott Simon, a genial interviewer, asked Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), a member of the Ways and Means Committee and an influential figure on agriculture policy, about Trump’s proposal to make vast cuts to food stamps. Smith posited that the program could be cut in ways that “do not harm the most vulnerable.”

“Well, let me ask you this bluntly: Is every American entitled to eat?” Simon queried.

Smith was stumped. “Well, they — nutrition, obviously, we know is very important. And I would hope that we can look to — ”

Simon interrupted: “Well, not just important, it’s essential for life. Is every American entitled to eat?”

Smith agreed that nutrition “is essential” but continued to ignore the question about whether Americans are entitled to eat.

Simon tried a third time: “So is every American entitled to eat, and is food stamps something that ought to be that ultimate guarantor?”

Once again, the lawmaker demurred: “I think that we know that, given the necessity of nutrition, there could be a number of ways that we could address that.”

There was more, but it all came down to this: In the United States, in 2017, a powerful member of Congress refuses to grant that Americans should be able to count on eating food.

That exchange should put in perspective the real and present danger Trump poses. His undermining of NATO, European alliances and climate-change cooperation poses grave dangers, but those are somewhat abstract. But taking away Americans’ food is very tangible, and a real possibility.

my sister watching a commercial about something w/ Omaha in it: what’s an Omaha? Is that a place?
me about .2 seconds later: It’s in Nebraska.
my sister: wait what how’d you know that
me:..idk I just know
me in my head: Andrew Rannells, two-time tony nominee, known for his role as Elder Price in Book Of Mormon and Whizzer in the Falsettos Revival, also known for being from Omaha, Nebraska.

Alright, since Morgan finally found a home, I guess I should broadcast the cat that’s left.

Her name is Tinky, she is about 4 years old and has had all her shots, she was a rescue, so I don’t know if she’s been spayed, but she seems to be infertile.

She’s a flame-point siamese with blue, off-set eyes, and she’s likely the most loving cat you’ll ever meet. She WILL cuddle with you at any given moment, she loves hugs, and she tends to be very calm.

Please help me find her a good home. I live in Nebraska, but I am willing to travel if anyone is interested in adopting her. Please message me if you’re interested or have any questions.