Steven W. Thrasher at the Guardian on which state will be the last to introduce marriage equality. “States have been falling for marriage equality so fast this week it's hard to come up with the right analogy to express the speed. How fast have they been falling – like dominoes, in a parlor game with the rather high stakes of American civil rights? Or like tears dripping from the face of National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown?” Thrasher writes. “When I started writing this article, Oregon was the 17th state to fall; in the middle of my draft, Pennsylvania became the 18th – the second in less than 24 hours, and the fourth federal decision for marriage equality (rendered by judges appointed by Democratic and Republican presidents) in just the last month. As it moves through the federal judiciary, maybe the Virginia case will end up at the Supreme Court and become the Loving v Virginia of its day. Or maybe it'll be Montana. Or maybe not – as I was writing this, four couples there filed suit as well."
Joan Vennochi at The Boston Globe on the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s gift shop. “When it comes to tragedy, there’s a thin line between solemn commemoration and crass commercialization. The New York Post recently reported that relatives of 9/11 victims are outraged that the National September 11 Memorial Museum will be home to a gift shop that peddles T-shirts, mugs, and rescue dog vests, as well as books and other educational material relating to the deadly terrorist attack,” Vennochi writes. “The commercialization of tragedy is not just an American phenomenon. There’s a bookstore at the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, and souvenirs are available at Anne Frank’s House. Two days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the Daily Mail reported that the US Patent and Trademark office received applications from two retailers rushing to market the ‘Boston Strong’ slogan. But what’s offensive to some is fine with others, or retailers wouldn’t roll the taste dice.”