Family Honors on this Memorial Day

Though they knew not the family they would father decades and centuries later, they fought bravely — ensuring my freedom today and tomorrow. A grateful thank you to all those who have served and shaped this nation and its history in ways still untold.


Michael Easter II (abt. 1760-April 28, 1821) Revolutionary War, Infantry


Michael Easter (June 21, 1828-Feb. 6, 1914), Civil War, (2) Co. F, 29th Virginia Infantry, C.S.A.
Levi Easter (Oct. 15, 1830-Sept. 14, 1917), Civil War, (2) Co. F, 29th Virginia Infantry, C.S.A.


W.M. Comer (March 19, 1928- ) World War II & Korean War, Marines

(Re-posted from May 28, 2007)


Hope in Virginia? Gay adoption upheld

Fears that the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution could be used to further LGBT equality have been the lynchpin of anti-gay advocates’ efforts to pass, first, statutory “Defense of Marriage” laws and, later, state constitutional amendments prohibiting relationship recognition for same-sex couples.

It seems LGBT advocates’ dreams and opponents’ fears have come true in Virginia.

Leonard Link, the blog of New York Law School Professor Arthur S. Leonard, reports the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 24 in favor of a gay couple seeking to uphold an adoption originally decided upon by a court in Gaston County, N.C.

Although the entire sordid affair, with its twists and turns, is interesting in and of itself, it is the Virginia court’s decision that is most intriguing. Continue reading this post…