Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Unholy matrimony," Feb. 13, 1999

It's a very frightening concept as a parent that your son now becomes a martyr, a public figure for the world.

Judy Shepard, mother of slain student Matthew Shepard, on Dateline NBC. She complained that her son's death had been exploited by a gay-rights group seeking to pass a hate-crimes law.

This product is made with fur from animals that may have been killed by electrocution, gassing, neck breaking, poisoning, clubbing, stomping or drowning and may have been trapped in steel-jaw leghold traps.

The text of a proposed tag that would have to be affixed to every fur sold in Beverly Hills if approved by local voters in a May 3 special election.

You can't have equality for one gender only. Men are entitled to the same rights to nurture their families.

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Attorney Sara Mandelbaum, in closing arguments on behalf of Baltimore paramedic Kevin Knussman, who claimed he was denied the right to take family leave to care for his newborn daughter. A jury awarded him $375,000, the first such judgment under 1993's Family and Medical Leave Act.

I do not believe the federal government should run the schools.

President Clinton, in a Feb. 1 speech to the National School Boards Association.

Pluto has the power to bring about life-changing transformations. It can turn jerks into geniuses, so there's still hope for the scientists.

Vanity Fair astrologer Michael Lutin, objecting to a proposal to number Pluto among the 10,000 "minor planets"-space debris, really-that hover at the edge of the solar system. Pluto was saved from demotion when the International Astronomical Union announced last week it was scrapping its proposal.


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