2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
This afternoon New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples. While the move is a step forward, it’s still too soon to declare victory for same-sex marriage in the state, since the court leaves the question of whether to call gay unions by the anointed M-word “to the democratic process.” The upshot is that New Jersey is currently in a similar situation as Vermont, where civil unions are authorized; Massachusetts is still the only state that has legalized same-sex marriages as such.
The New Jersey case was brought by seven gay and lesbian couples who have been denied marriage licenses in the state. Though the question of whether the state will allow same-sex marriages remains unanswered, the ruling does establish critical rights and legal protections for gay couples. I can’t help wondering whether the highly publicized case of New Jersey cop and Broadsheet favorite Laurel Hester, whose pension benefits were denied (and subsequently granted) to her partner, Stacie Andree, was on any of the judges’ minds today.
The state Legislature has six months to enact legislation, but for anyone who’d like to support equality a little sooner, rallies are scheduled across the state tonight.
Marisa Meltzer is a freelance writer in New York City. She is coauthor of "How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time," which comes out in April.More Marisa Meltzer.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.