Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has apologized after state lawyers compared married gay adults to married children.
In a legal brief filed as part of a lawsuit against a Montgomery County clerk who has been issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in defiance of a state ban on marriage equality, lawyers for the Pennsylvania Department of Health wrote, “Had the Clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old has a legally enforceable ‘interest’ in his ‘license’ and is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his ‘license’?”
The state attorneys also argued that the licenses issued to 154 gay and lesbian couples have “no value” or “legitimacy,” and are the effective equivalent of licenses issued to children.
Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, spokesman for the Office of General Counsel, said that, although he believed the analogy was being “taken out of context,” the governor acknowledges it was inappropriate. ”That’s coming from the governor’s mouth,” Hagen-Frederiksen added.
Corbett has said he intends to defend the state ban on gay marriage, even after Pennsylvania’s attorney general said she would not defend the law. “I believe they should be defended,” Corbett said of the ban. “We have said we will defend, and we will defend. This is an important issue.”
The official at the center of the lawsuit, Bruce Hanes, says he began issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples because he believes that the state law is unconstitutional and discriminatory.
He is scheduled to testify in the case next week.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.