Thursday, February 08, 2007

A Supreme Court Icon Passes...

The death of Anna Nicole Smith has hit me by surprise. America has lost both a gay icon, and one of the most awesomest Supreme Court litigants of recent history....
Yes, in her memory, let's not forget the contributions to jurisprudence of Marshall v. Marshall,
126 S.Ct. 1735 (2006)...
In an opinion by another gay icon (and CLS alum and my favorite justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the court that the probate exception to federal courts jurisdiction did not ban the exercise of jurisdiction over a widow's claim of tortious interference with her expected inheritance against her stepson in her bankruptcy proceeding.
Which apparently was a big question for bankruptcy and federal courts wonks.
But more importantly, Anna Nicole actually represented the "American Dream" in some ways. At 17, she married a coworker at a small-town Texas fried chicken restaurant... At 19, she had a child, and was divorced. Working in strip clubs, she became a successful model for Guess Jeans and H&M in Europe. She struggled with her weight for years, and unfortunately, may have turned to drugs to cope with attention from the media to her weight....
R.I.P.
, Anna Nicole.....

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At 6:29 PM, Blogger PG said...

I get Anna Nicole, but why is RBG a gay icon? I love RBG, but fabulous she is not.

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger Adam P. said...

First off- her love of the musical theater and the opera.
Second of all- her support for gay rights. (and leadership of womens rights and sexuality and the law in general)
Third- many short older Jewish women are gay icons. We identify with them for some reason...

 

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