Boxing Day Links

It’s Friday! The final Friday in December. It is also, depending on whether you are reading this before or after sundown, the second or the third day of Christmas. Yes, it is still Christmas! (The first day of Christmas begins at sundown on Christmas Eve, which means that the second day begins at sundown on Christmas Day, and so on. The twelfth day of Christmas is not the invention of some song writer, but rather Three Kings Day or Epiphany, in which many churches celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men at the place where Mary and Joseph and the baby were by that time.)

Anyway, on this, the final Friday of 2015, here is a collection of news and other things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared:

My wish for the family with two dads who brought Christmas to a group of homeless LGBT youth. They had to remain anonymous, and not for good reasons…

U.S. Judge Robert Hinkle to Florida officials: Respond by Monday in gay-marriage case. And the judge appears to be losing patience with some state officials.

Florida woman in ‘Catholic Warrior’ t-shirt destroys Satanic Temple’s holiday display.

The Salt Lake Tribune Names Same-sex Marriage Plaintifs the Utahns of the Year.

This Response to Homophobic Bigots Is So On Point It Bleeds. Also, cheers for a comment: “…nobody worries more about the asses of gay men than homophobes do.”

Europa’s geysers play hard-to-see.

Fossil fish eye has 300 million-year-old rods and cones.

Why rape is so intrinsic to religion: Stories like the virgin birth lack freely given female consent. It’s telling how ready we still are to embrace them.

Gay Marriage Ban on Precarious Legal Ground.

Captive Virgins, Polygamy, Sex Slaves: What Marriage Would Look Like if We Actually Followed the Bible.

Airline passenger freaks out over crew’s ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting.

How Many Stars Did It Take To Make Us?.

Jay Thomas’ Lone Ranger Story 2014 – David Letterman, Jay treats the audience to his final telling of the “greatest talk show story of all time”:

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