hail, doma and condolences to the Lovato family

4 mid-week update - thursday

so far this week has been an interesting week – for the rest of the world:

1. hail for the first time in my country

hail-woman

i honestly find it surprising how Singaporeans reacted to it (“ahh, run for safety!!”). my boyfriend thought it was a weather miracle ’cause he had never seen such a thing in his life. he was shocked that it was a common occurrence, but i had seen dozens of hailstorms back when i grew up in Perth, Australia. and, guess what, i had slept through the entire thing. ’cause i was so cozy in my bed. 🙂

2. the Supreme Court ruling Doma (Defense of Marriage Act) as unconstitutional

Doma, signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, previously barred married gay couples from a range of crucial legal rights including federal tax and estate tax exemptions, social security benefits, and the right to be notified of the death of next of kin. It also meant that the married partners of gay Americans were not recognised under the immigration system, leading to heartbreaking splits for couples of different nationalities.

i honestly had to properly google what Doma stood for and how it had impacted same-sex marriages and marriage equality. and i’m sincerely happy for those whose voices are finally heard and who are finally liberated by this decision.

3. the sad death of Demi Lovato’s dad, Patrick Lovato

demi-dad

i can’t imagine losing my dad. not yet. so i really feel for her having lost her father, especially with the loving yet turbulent relationship she had with him. so condolences to her, her siblings, her entire family.

so today i post less about myself and more about the world around me. ’cause at this point in time, all around me, i feel that there are much more important things going on than me.

also, just to let you guys know, i’ve been having problems embedding youtube videos into my blog, which is a terrible shame since i rely so heavily on them (i realise). maybe i reached the maximum quota of youtube videos i’m allowed to embed, i don’t know. but i’ll see if i can get that fixed sometime soon.

till next time!

cumuloq ❤

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