Nebraska Supreme Court strikes down anti-gay foster parent rule.

An impassioned ruling against “the humiliation of rejection and the stigmatic harm of unequal treatment.”

…”It is legally indistinguishable from a sign reading ‘Whites Only’ on the hiring-office door. Memo 1-95 clearly excluded same-sex couples and individuals who identified as homosexuals either from being licensed or from having state wards placed in their homes. There is no dispute that all the plaintiffs were ready and able to be foster parents, were aware of and deterred by Memo 1-95, and would have taken further steps to become foster parents but for the barrier expressed in Memo 1-95. The plaintiffs considered any further action to be futile and did not wish to subject themselves to the humiliation of rejection and the stigmatic harm of unequal treatment.”

Nebraska Supreme Court strikes down anti-gay foster parent rule.

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More evidence that the key to allergy-free kids is giving them plenty of dirt — and cows 

A new study may reveal one mechanism behind the strange allergy immunity of kids raised on farms.

…The research is related to something called the hygiene hypothesis, where a lack of exposure to microbes as a tyke leads to more allergy and asthma.

More evidence that the key to allergy-free kids is giving them plenty of dirt — and cows – The Washington Post

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White Parents Who Won’t Choose Black Schools 

They don’t want their kid to notice her whiteness in Pre-k and then find out while addressing that question, that while they already own great books about diversity, the only children’s books specifically about whiteness are published by the KKK. They don’t want their child to ask them why Quintavious’s sister says she doesn’t like white people. They don’t want to have to wonder when the teacher calls, if they are getting extra attention because white parents are often perceived as overbearing. They want diversity, just not too much.

Why White Parents Won’t Choose Black Schools | The Huffington Post

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5 important stories you may have missed during last week’s news deluge NewsHour

In honor of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s five Super Bowl wins, here are five stories that ought to get more attention.

1. Worst fighting in years flares up in Ukraine
2. An inquiry into child abuse allegations in Australia’s Catholic Church leads to “tragic” statistics
3. The world’s most endangered marine mammal is going extinct
4. Taiwan one step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage
5. FCC’s latest move complicates efforts to lessen the digital divide

5 important stories you may have missed during last week’s news deluge | PBS NewsHour

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