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A Tasting Tour of Trastevere
So much as a passing glance at this summer’s Rome blog posts makes one things very clear: I did a lot of eating in Italy. While I make no apologies, I do justify at least a couple of those pizzas and cannoli with the miles we walked across the city between each meal. Not every meal required a two mile walk to get there, though. Here, a map illustrates some favorite eats in the neighborhood of Trastevere, our home for our time in Italy.
Looking through Rose Colored Glasses: Imaging a Brighter Future for Climate Change
Ray Ban’s ‘Never Hide, Be a Legend’ ads celebrate people who stood up during pivotal points in history. With this September marking the largest march for climate change in history, it is easy to imagine those involved as the legends of today’s crises. Here’s a visualization of Ray Ban advertising more than just sunglasses…
North Carolina reacts to legalization of gay marriage
Earlier this month North Carolina became the most recent state where a same-sex marriage ban was overturned. On Oct. 10, 2014 U.S. Federal District Court Judge Max Cogburn overturned Amendment One, the ban on same-sex marriages that was passed on May 8,2012.
The ban was overturned following the Supreme Court’s refusal in early October to take up several cases in which several Circuit Courts of Appeals overturned multiple states’ bans on same-sex marriages.
On-Campus Reaction to the Legalization of Gay Marriage
Students on Wake Forest’s campus have a strong history of involvement in developments regarding LGBT rights, with participation in advocacy and outreach efforts since Amendment One was ratified. Now, with the legalization of gay marriage in North Carolina, direct change is brought to the community Wake Forest calls home.
“My hope is that with the advent of marriage equality in North Carolina and here on campus, people will understand that gay relationships are really very similar to heterosexual relationships,” said Dr. Angela Mazaris, Director of the LGBTQ center.
Many students around campus view this as a positive change for North Carolina.
“I think it’s a really big thing that North Carolina is heading in that direction and as a state we are beginning to accept [same-sex marriage],” said junior Anita Patel.
However, others feel that the overturning of Amendment One is a violation of federalism and an issue which NC will continue to confront.
“The overturning does not accurately portray the public opinion of the State. In the referendum originally passed, roughly 65-70 percent of North Carolina voters voted to keep marriage defined by one man and one woman. Is equality for all a necessary thing? Of course, however in this respect, the wording must change to respect the original definition of marriage as a sacrament of the Catholic Church, and nothing more,” said Secretary of Wake Forest College Republicans CJ Dickman.
Regardless of the legislative future for same-sex marriage, those who support it recognize it is not the last step towards equal rights and inclusion for people of all sexual orientation and gender identifications.
“Marriage equality is really important…but it is absolutely and by no means the end goal of the LGBT community. [For example], as a university we do not have all of the resources our transgender community members need to live equitable, safe lives on campus,” said Mazaris.
The future of same-sex marriage in N.C.
Many are wondering what is next for same-sex couples now that Amendment One has been overturned and state Republican leaders have filed a federal appeal to have the ban reinstated.
“North Carolina legislative leaders have argued in court that there are meaningful differences between Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban and North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban, which has long rested on a statutory footing but was also placed in the state constitution by a 2012 amendment,” John Dinan, professor of politics and international affairs said. “However, the attempt by legislative leaders to distinguish the Virginia and North Carolina bans was rejected by Judge Osteen, who concluded in an Oct. 14 ruling that ‘The North Carolina statutory and constitutional provisions at issue in the cases before this court are notably similar to the Virginia statutory and constitutional provisions deemed unconstitutional in Bostic,’ and this conclusion is likely to carry the day in any further legal proceedings.”
According to Mazaris, the next great legal hurdles that same-sex couples face is obtaining the rights of second parent adoption and being protected from employment discrimination based on their LGBT status.
“North Carolina is one of a small handful of states that until now that has not allowed second parent adoption,” Mazaris said. “The overturning of Amendment One will legally pave the way for the overturning of the ban on second-parent adoption in North Carolina, so that’s really huge.”
Experts agree and believe that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is unlikely to change its position on same-sex marriage, in effect finalizing its legality in N.C.
“Few legal observers anticipate the Fourth Circuit Court reversing its position regarding the legitimacy of same-sex marriage bans,” Dinan said. “In this respect, the question of the legality of same-sex marriage in North Carolina would now seem to be settled.”
Written by Charlotte Bellomy and Ian Rutledge
Audio Project: As a barista myself during the summer and a coffee lover unashamed of my caffeine addiction, I frequently find myself at Winston Salem coffee shop Camino for lattes or cheesecake. Here’s an inside look at what makes their concept so special and their patrons so devoted:
Video Project: Sexual assault awareness is a topic appearing in news more by the day, and living on a college campus puts us at the center of the debate. With Rolling Stone’s controversial publishing of an article depicting a UVA gang rape, many Wake organizations including Prepare and the Gender Equality Allies have taken the opportunity to show their support. Here’s a look at what Wake Forest students are currently doing to make their voices heard, and what they see for the future of sexual assault awareness: