Letters: Gay Marriage, Gifts, Disney

Listeners respond to a story about Washington, D.C.'s same-sex marriage legislation, popular holiday gifts and Disney's new animated movies. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Finally this hour, your letters. Yesterday in a story about D.C.'s same-sex marriage legislation, some of you heard our reporter say that Iowa had passed legislation this year legalizing same-sex marriage.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

NO, NO, NO!!! That comment, in all caps and three exclamation points came from Bruce Wilson(ph) of Des Moines. He writes: It was the Iowa District Court and Iowa Supreme Court, not the state legislature that acted.

BLOCK: And one other correction. In our ALL TECH CONSIDERED segment yesterday, we talked about popular holiday gifts, and we mentioned ear buds that we said were called Magic Ears.

SIEGEL: Well, that sent Eric Spears(ph) of Hanover, New Hampshire, online to shop. He writes: I haven't found any reference to Magic Ears online, and I was wondering if I heard it wrong. He continues: I ask because my son has requested new headphones from Santa Claus, and I want to make sure that I give Santa the correct information.

BLOCK: Well, Eric does have good ears. He caught a mistake. The ear buds are actually called Ultimate Ears. And Eric, we hope you have Santa's personal email to correct the information.

SIEGEL: Finally, last Friday, Disney opened its new animated movie "The Princess and the Frog." It's the first Disney film to feature a black princess, and we heard what some kids thought of the movie.

Unidentified Child #1: I like that the princess is black.

Unidentified Child #2: I saw "Cinderella," and it was nothing like "The Princess and the Frog."

Unidentified Child #3: All the other princesses are, like, white and stuff.

BLOCK: Keri Nelson(ph) from Yellow Springs, Ohio, heard that and wrote this: As a white child in the South of the 1950s, I was not allowed to have African-American friends. We went to segregated schools, even had separate waiting rooms at the doctor's office.

The years of civil rights struggles were wrenching times, even for those of us who wanted desegregation to succeed. Tomorrow, my granddaughter will go to a birthday party for an African-American friend. They are going to see "The Princess and the Frog," and she will be thrilled to be a friend of the birthday princess. Thank you for airing the interview with the girl.

SIEGEL: Well, thanks for your comments, stories and corrections. You can write to us by going to npr.org. Click on contact us at the bottom of the page.

(Soundbite of song, "Almost There")

Ms. ANIKA NONI ROSE (Singer): (As Princess Tiana) (Singing) I know exactly where I'm going, I'm getting closer and closer every day, and I'm almost there, I'm almost there. People down here think I'm crazy, but I don't care.

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