Leonard Pitts on support for marriage equality reaching a majority in recent polls:
"It’s all well and good that 51 percent of us support the right of gay men and lesbians to tell it to the judge, but really, what hubris makes us think we have a right to say yea or nay in the first place? You and I cannot “give” rights. We can only acknowledge, respect and defend the rights human beings are born with.
"I briefly had to wonder whether we might actually see Detroit turned into one CD, mostly contiguous with the city boundaries (since it's now about the same population as an ideal district), but I can't imagine that the Obama administration's DOJ would allow the state GOP (which controls the redistricting trifecta) to pack only one overwhelmingly African-American VRA district when the population is there to support two, albeit two that will have to reach significantly into the suburbs now."Detroit's 2010 population: 713,777, down from a 1950 peak of 1,849,568.