Must Reads #longreads Edition: Same-sex South, Reservation Life, Civil War Prostitution, Bin Laden Raid Report

What were the best, most fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring things I read or watched this week? Some will be about technology, photography, or education. Some will not. Catch up on things you missed. Maybe I dug up a few obscure gems that are totally new to you. Check out the brief ones now and save the more lengthy ones for later. Share and share alike…here’s the Must Read list:

Same-sex couples in the South left out of trend

Press marriage cause, starting down the long road to change

By Tracy Jan – The Boston Globe

“Across the South — in states where gay marriage is uniformly banned — gay men and women say they still live as second-class citizens, trapped behind a web of state laws and hostile political and religious dogma.”

“In her 36 years at the court house, it was the first time she had denied a couple a marriage license. The only other legal reason for denial is if the applicants are drunk or insane.”

“Until people in the South are free, we are not free up here,” said Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett, the senior pastor at Hope Central, a Georgia native who lives in Jamaica Plain with her wife. “Our Scripture says we are one spiritual body.”

Pain on the Reservation

By  – The New York Times

“The tribes contend that the federal government does not just disburse money to them through federal programs. It meets its nation-to-nation treaty obligation to provide certain services to American Indians. Viewed in that light, a cut is not just a cut but a broken legal promise, and one in a long line of them.”

The Curious Case of Nashville’s Frail Sisterhood

By  – Smithsonian Magazine Past Imperfect Blog

“George Spalding was unconcerned with Newcomb’s hardships. His plan to rid the city of cyprians had failed. Resigning himself to the fact that prostitutes would ply their trade and soldiers would engage them, he reasoned that the women might as well sell sex safely, and so out of sheer desperation, Spalding and the Union Army created in Nashville’s the country’s first system of legalized prostitution.”

Bin Laden raid reveals ‘state failure’

Leaked report offers scathing assessment of how al-Qaeda chief was able to evade detection.

by  – Al Jazeera

An “In Depth” feature that is fascinating and enlightening, though there is a ton of information to sift through here.

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