The Daily Fix: LGBT Marriage Fight in Michigan, Sad Dads, and Manly Bourbon

All the news that's fit to fix on Tuesday, April 15.

TakePart News Editor Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is a journalist who has worked in many corners of the world for major news organizations.

With 13 kids and 22 years of being together, Clint McCormack and Bryan Reamer jumped at the chance to wed and make their family official when a Michigan judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban last month, declaring it unconstitutional. 

They're fighting for recognition of that marriage now that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has said the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed last month are legal but won't be recognized until after appeals are heard in the case. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of eight same-sex couples, to guarantee that all such nuptials are recognized by the state. 

McCormack and Reamer have 10 adopted children and three foster children, including 15-year-old Keegan McCormack. It's hard for Keegan to see why his family doesn't deserve the rights and benefits of any other family.

"We go out to dinner, we laugh, we celebrate birthdays," Keegan told The Detroit Free-Press. "I hate the fact that the law doesn't see us as a real family."

In other news...

  • What Happens in Vegas...: Can the Republican National Convention handle Las Vegas? The party's religious conservatives say, no, Sin City will ensnare good wholesome attendees in devilish activities. (via Mother Jones)
     
  • Pay Up, America: If you left it until the last second, today's the day to finish your taxes. Wonder where it all goes? Defense, Social Security, and Medicare/Medicaid, mostly. (via The Atlantic)
     
  • Tensions in Kiev: Ukraine's acting president has announced an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists in his country. (via BBC)
     
  • One in Every Pot: Americans are cuckoo for chicken. Drought has shrunk cattle stock, and a scary-sounding virus has killed piglets in 28 states, causing prices for those meats to rise. That's why chicken is being relied on for cheap protein. (via Bloomberg
     
  • Daddy's Depressed: Young, first-time dads are often developing depression, with symptoms increasing by 68 percent on average over the first five years of fatherhood. The study followed thousands of dads, ages 24 to 32, who reported sadness, difficulty focusing, and an inability to enjoy life. (via USA Today)
     
  • Bourbon and Your Cartoonish Manliness: It would be pretty refreshing if a hard liquor didn't sell itself as being a drink for a particular gender. (via Jezebel)

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