LGBTQ Rights

By Thesis or by Protest: In Defense of Ideas

by David King on August 10, 2013

In a relatively anticlimactic culmination of a decade’s worth of education, I recently (and successfully) defended my doctoral thesis. Most of the comments and words of encouragement I received prior to the defense were to be expected. But there were a few people who, in the midst of their support, questioned this whole defense thing. Why should you have to defend all the hard work you put in? someone asked. They can’t make things too easy for you, can they? someone else suggested. I could not disagree more. If my experience in academia has taught me anything, it is that ideas should be defended; not only examined and investigated, but seriously substantiated and authenticated whenever possible. All ideas should be defended.

The truth is, ideas are a dime a dozen – something I’ve heard my advisor say countless times, but … Keep Reading Here


Yesterday, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, putting an end to a ridiculous law that prevented the federal government from recognizing state-legalized same-sex marriages. Let me preface the rest of this article by saying that this is definitely a good thing, and it is a step in the right direction. Without a doubt, supporters of equality and human rights should be pleased.

Let’s take a closer look at the reality of the situation. The Defense of Marriage Act was approved by Congress in 1996, spearheaded by Georgia Republican Bob Barr in an effort to express the collective moral disapproval of homosexuality (literally). Although it was met with some resistance, it was nonetheless pushed through Congress quickly and easily, with votes of 85-14 in the Senate and 342-67 in the House of Representatives. … Keep Reading Here