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The Best Argument For Marriage Equality That You Won't Find In A Legal Brief

It’s easy to forget that the real drama behind these big marriage equality cases is actually happening beyond the courtroom. Here’s a heart-wrenching story that will remind you why the freedom to marry is so much more than an argument about semantics.

The Best Argument For Marriage Equality That You Won't Find In A Legal Brief



[00:33-00:42] Meet our protagonists — as kids.
[00:51] Check out some sweet [read: embarrassing] dance moves.
[1:07] Sneak a peek at what love looks like.
[1:51] It seems like it’s going pretty well...
[2:00] ..and then the other shoe drops.
[2:48] They hope for the change we’re at the cusp of.
[3:53] Tragedy strikes.
[4:57 - 6:30] Things nobody whose heartbroken should have to deal with.
[6:40] Especially this.
[7:13-8:20] What marriage actually means to those who can’t have it.
[8:44-9:42] If you’ve got tissues, they’ll come in handy here.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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