Current State #117 | June 27, 2013

Jun 27, 2013

Today on Current State: the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage; a Public Poetry Announcement; a new book explores the "Boy Governor" Stevens T. Mason; HIV/AIDS in Michigan; and vintage radios.

Responses to SCOTUS decisions on DOMA and gay rights

Jun 27, 2013

Gay rights activists cheered two decisions yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court.  One overturns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the other essentially allows same-sex marriages in the state of California. Among other things, the DOMA ruling means many gay spouses will be able to receive Social Security benefits, jointly file tax returns and share healthcare plans without a tax penalty.     

Public Poetry Announcement: Eloise Klein Healy

Jun 27, 2013
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Eloise Klein Healy’s "Asking About You" is the featured Public Poetry Announcement.

University of Michigan Press

Stevens T. Mason is a familiar name for anyone who knows their Michigan history.  Mason, also known as the state’s so-called “boy governor," squeezed a lot of accomplishments in his 32 years.  At the age of only 19, Mason became the secretary of the Michigan Territory in 1831. Just three years later, he became its governor, and led the process of Michigan becoming a state.

Don Faber, author of the book “The Boy Governor:  Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics,”  explains Michigan's early beginnings.

Social media campaign encourages HIV testing

Jun 27, 2013

Last Thursday, a group of activists, community leaders and bloggers announced a new social media initiative called the “Test Me” project. It takes place today, which is National HIV Testing Day. The “Test Me” project calls for people all across the country to get tested for HIV, and then share their photos and experiences all throughout Twitter, Facebook and social media with the hashtag #TestMe.