angelina jolie’s daughter
and gwen stefani’s son
both so cute
Parenting done right
ugh. this is so wrong. how can you support someone letting their kid wear socks on grass. do you know how hard it is to wash those stains out?
I thought I was going to have to tell you to shut your whore mouth, but then you made me laugh.
If Snowden had surrendered himself to U.S. authorities, he almost certainly would have faced charges that carry penalties of decades in prison. He might have rationally feared being subject to years of pretrial detention and the kind of degrading treatment Manning faced. And if he had chosen to fight the charges, he would have risked spending decades in prison if he lost.
Painted stones bearing messages for Nelson Mandela are left in a flower bed outside his Johannesburg home. The 94-year-old former president remains in a Pretoria hospital for a fifth day after a recurrence of a long standing lung infection. Read a report from our Africa correspondent here.
Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA
The top court in Germany ruled on Thursday that same-sex couples in civil unions must receive the same tax benefits as different-sex married couples.
The court ruled that treating these couples differently violates the country’s guarantee of equal protection, inevitably leading to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. (Well, yeah.)
Married couples in Germany are able to jointly declare their taxable incomes, which can significantly lower their overall tax burden especially when one partner has higher pay. The rule costs the government annually about 15.5 billion euros ($20 billion), although it estimates that extending the same right to the country’s some 27,000 civil unions will only add about 30 million euros to the bill.
The court acknowledged that married couples enjoy special privileges because the partners also accept a strong responsibility for each other, including financial, but it argued that the civil union implies the same duties and responsibilities for gay partners.
This is actually a huge deal. The financial element of marriage inequality affects millions of people, and Germany has taken a huge step for the rest of the world by acting on it. The U.S. needs to follow suit.