The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Take away the flowers, chocolates, and gifts and we’re left with what Valentine’s Day is intended to celebrate—love. There are discrepancies over the history of this romantic holiday, but one of the most famous accounts is of a Catholic saint named Valentine who would perform marriages for couples in love after Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage based on the notion that single men made better soldiers.

Saint Valentine saw through the bureaucracy and believed couples in love had a right to marry despite the beliefs of the emperor, so much so that he was eventually found and put to death.

Living up to this tradition, the Illinois Senate — which is controlled by a Democratic supermajority — will vote today to implement a law that would legalize same-sex marriage, making Illinois the 10th state in the country to do so. The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act also has some conservative backing, in the person of Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady.

Fitting for Valentine’s Day, the measure is expected to pass and make it to Governor Pat Quinn’s desk;  he has committed to signing the bill.

The law represents just the latest victory in the long march towards equality. As Roger Streitmatter’s Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples, details, same sex couples — including famous names such as poet Walt Whitman, actress Greta Garbo, and playwright Tennessee Williams — have been enriching American culture since the 18th century.

While same-sex marriage has been a contentious debate in politics and religion, there’s no doubt that today’s holiday should hold no prejudice. Valentine’s Day originates from the very idea that those in love who want to marry ought to be allowed. So hold the flowers, chocolates, and gifts; the Illinois state legislature has chosen a far better way to celebrate the holiday.


Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Donald Trump Now Leads An Authoritarian Movement

Politico Magazine published an article Thursday that perfectly embodies the failures of tabloid-style political journalism to address the fundamental dangers facing the country: “145 Things Donald Trump Did in His First Year as the Most Consequential Former President Ever.”

“In ways both absurd and serious, the 45th president refused to let go of the spotlight or his party and redefined what it means to be a former leader of the free world,” the article sub-headline states, sitting above a colorful image containing a photo of a smiling Trump and images that have defined his post-presidency, including his second impeachment, golf clubs, and a vaccination needle.

Keep reading... Show less

Howard Stern Has A Blunt Message For Anti-Vaxxers

Shock Jock Howard Stern had some blunt words for the selfish anti-vaxxer crowd that refuses to grasp the grounded science behind vaccines. Stern, by no means a supporter of government intervention into the private lives of citizens, prides himself as a thoughtful citizen who regards vaccination as the most basic thing you can do as a citizen. Stern, who has used his Sirius/XM platform in the past to scold Trumpers, is absolutely done with anti-vaxxers and their never-ending stream of idiotic conspiracies.

In the clip below, Stern shoots down stupid anti-vax theories of "magnetism."

Keep reading... Show less
{{ }}