On Tuesday, March 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments for Prop 8, a Californian proposition passed in 2008 banning gay marriage. The very next day the Supreme Court heard arguments for The Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA, an act passed in 1996 defining marriage as heterosexual or as between a man and a woman. Both high-profile cases mark historic moments for the gay rights movement and for the nation as a whole as people tuned in to get a glimpse of which way the high court of the land may be leaning. No decision has been made, but there are indications of which way the court may be leaning in either case.
When we think about the election of a pope we automatically think of a ceremony that follows the death and funeral of the last pope. Today, however, marks a historic moment as for the first time in 600 years a pope has resigned. Pope Benedict XVI announced earlier this month that he would be resigning from office due to his waning strength that he felt would impeded upon his ability to carry out his duties as pontiff and the head of the Catholic Church. Many were shocked by the resignation and it has left the church in untested waters. Because the last pope to resign did so 600 years ago, no one is quite sure what this all means, what will happen after the resignation, and how the Catholic Church will deal with it.
In light of the start of The Walking Dead’s new season this month, it seemed fitting to examine zombies in a social and cultural context and given that the our culture’s undead fascination seems to be a popularity contest between vampires versus zombies, examining the two side-by-side seemed only right.