June 2015

  • June 30, 2015

    “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

    -Anthony Kennedy, US Supreme Court Justice, granting gay couples the right to marry in every US state. Majority opinion, June 26, 2015

  • June 28, 2015

    “What I want to do is protect the religious liberties of those who believe that opposing same sex marriage as part of their faith. So no I would not engage in the Constitutional amendment process as a party going into 2016. Accept the Court’s ruling. Fight for the religious liberties of every American.”

    -Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican, South Carolina

  • June 28, 2015

    “The gifts we give on Father’s Day seem impersonal and absurd. A necktie? What is this, 1950? I guess giving Dear Old Dad a noose would be a little on the nose. So let’s give him a silk noose with a goofy pattern.”

    -Jim Gaffigan, comedian, CBS News, June 21, 2015

  • June 27, 2015

    “I was reading these newspaper stories, not liking the person I was reading about…I would have given anything to get to the end of the story and have it be about someone else, but it was about me.”

    -Brian Williams, TV news anchor, discussing the scandal that forced him to leave his position at NBC Nightly News. Interview with Matt Lauer, June 18, 2015

  • June 26, 2015

    “I identify as black…this goes back to a very early age with my self identification with the black experience as a very young child….I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and black curly hair.”

    -Rachel Dolezal, now-former NAACP chapter president accused of pretending to be black. TODAY interview with Matt Lauer, June 16, 2015

  • June 25, 2015

    “You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use .”

    -Donald Trump, American businessman, TV personality, and 2016 Republican presidential candidate. Announcing his run for president, announcement speech, June 16, 2015

  • June 24, 2015

    “These are issues that if you come from that environment it’s inevitable to speak on. It’s already in your blood, because I am Trayvon Martin, you know. I’m all of these kids.”

    -Kendrick Lamar, American hip hop artist, on his new song titled, “The Blacker the Berry” – inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Guardian Interview, June 21, 2014

  • June 23, 2015

    “Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it is time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds.”

    -Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina

  • June 22, 2015

    “If the only thing that can come out of this is that next week – when Congress reconvenes – we engage in yet another moment of silence, I think that that would be really unfortunate. The crazy guy is always going to be there…What can we do to keep the gun out of the hand of that person?”

    -Donna Edwards, member of the US House of Representatives (Democrat, Maryland), after a white gunman shot 9 people to death in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Fox News Sunday, June 21, 2015

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    • June 21, 2015

      “All the cool kids are following @POTUS. He’s trying to change the world with tweets. Really… how cool is that!?”

      -Bill Nye, American scientist, science educator, and comedian. Twitter, May 18, 2015

    • June 20, 2015

      “My response to the ‘I am not a feminist’ internet phenomenon…You know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutesy sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.”

      -Mark Ruffalo, American actor, director, & screenwriter. Post to his personal Tumblr account, March 26, 2015

    • June 19, 2015

      “What’s busted is not the ACA, but attacks on it. Endless attacks. Never coming up with a single comprehensive alternative all these years. So you sit as armchair critics while millions of people have insurance who never had it before. You’re livid because it’s getting better.”

      -Sander “Sandy” Levin, US Congressman (D – Michigan), House Ways and Means Committee hearing, June 10, 2015

    • June 18, 2015

      “I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my last name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.’ But Marco looks up at me and says, ‘Ah, Zoë, I don’t give a s**t.'”

      -Zoe Saldana, American actress, on husband Marco Perego’s decision to take her last name. InStyle interview for July cover story, June 9, 2015

    • June 17, 2015

      “We’re all going to make mistakes. If you’re looking for a perfect candidate, he probably existed 2,000 years ago.”

      -Jeb Bush, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, former governor of Florida, and brother of George W. Bush. Speaking to reporters in Iowa City, May 16, 2015

    • June 16, 2015

      “…I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC’…They just want to use these words. ‘That’s racist. That’s sexist. That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what the f**k they’re talking about.”

      -Jerry Seinfeld, actor and comedian, discussing young people and the PC culture. “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on ESPN Radio, June 8, 2015

    • June 15, 2015

      “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love, it’s an act of commitment to your family.”

      -Jeb Bush, elaborating on his immigration stance in a 2014 interview

    • June 14, 2015

      “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

      -Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice, when asked for advice she would give young women today. Speech while receiving the Radcliffe medal at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, June 2, 2015

    • June 13, 2015

      “Transgender people are different than the sex assigned at birth, but that doesn’t mean we are different when it comes to society. We frankly mirror society. We’re doctors, lawyers, commercial airline pilots, athletes, engineers, high-ranking government officials in addition to soldiers, sailor and Marines.”

      -Sheri Swokowski, a transgender veteran who served as an infantry soldier for nearly 34 years – presenting as male. Swokowski will wear a female Army Service Uniform with an infantry gold-crossed rifle insignia at the annual Pride event at the Pentagon. Washington Blade, May 26, 2015

    • June 12, 2015

      “Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat. Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won’t rid the world of criminality.”

      -Vince Vaughn, American actor, interview with GQ UK, June 1, 2015

    • June 11, 2015

      “I love comedy and I can’t wait to get back to her. But right now, my goal is just to heal and get better, because I’m not 100 percent yet. And when I’m there, you’ll know it.”

      -Tracy Morgan, American comedian and actor, after settling a lawsuit with Walmart – a Walmart truck caused an accident on June 7th, 2014 that killed James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and severely injured Tracy Morgan. Interview on TODAY, June 1, 2015

    • June 10, 2015

      “I kept hearing ‘Go Harriett! Go Harriette!’ I mean I don’t think there was anybody there who didn’t know who Harriett was.”

      -Harriette Thompson, 92 years old – she recently became the oldest woman to finish a marathon after completing the 26-mile Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego. CBS This Morning, June 5, 2015

    • June 9, 2015

      “I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning. These past thirty days, I have spent many of my moments lost in that void. And I know that many future moments will be consumed by the vast emptiness as well. But when I can, I want to choose life and meaning.”

      -Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and author of “Lean In,” marking the end of sheloshim – 30 days of religious mourning after the death of her husband, Dave. Facebook post, June 3, 2015

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      • June 8, 2015

        “Call me Caitlyn.”

        Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner – patriarch of the Jenner/Kardashian family, after having transitioned from male to female. Vanity Fair, June 1, 2015

      • June 7, 2015

        “I know God’s plan is greater than anything else, and Tripp and I are in Alaska beginning to rebuild our lives under much different circumstances than we anticipated.”

        -Bristol Palin, daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, after calling off her wedding to Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. Personal blog, May 26, 2015

      • June 6, 2015

        “I look forward to the day when a woman being appointed isn’t in itself news. Unfortunately, academia, like most professions, is pyramid-shaped – the higher up you go, the fewer women there are.”

        -Louise Richardson, principal and vice-chancellor of St. Andrews University, on her nomination to be the University of Oxford’s first female vice-chancellor in its 800-year recorded history. The Guardian, May 28, 2015

      • June 5, 2015

        “ total hero to me. Total hero. Not necessarily for what he exposed, but the fact that he intentionally came from his own heart, his own belief in the United States Constitution, what democracy and freedom was about. And now a federal judge has said that NSA data collection was unconstitutional…So he’s a hero to me, because he gave up his own life to do it.”

        -Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, interview with tech news site ITP.net, May 21, 2015

      • June 4, 2015

        “To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.”

        -Michael B. Jordan, American actor, after Marvel Comics received significant backlash for casting Jordan – a black man – as The Human Torch in its ”Fantastic Four” movie. Entertainment Weekly, May 22, 2015

      • June 3, 2015

        “ Ride was not a woman who decided she wanted to be an astronaut, ignored the fact that the program only appealed to men, and broke through by her willpower. She was an incredibly smart woman, well suited to a career in the space program, who never considered applying until a NASA effort convinced her—and women like her—that it was a possibility.”

        -Ann Friedman, American writer, editor, and journalist, discussing the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, who would have been 64 on May 26, 2015. The American prospect, June 19, 2014