Posts Tagged Marriage

Court rules Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.

The ruling upheld a decision by retired Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who struck down the ballot measure in 2010 after holding an unprecedented trial on the nature of sexual orientation and the history of marriage.

In a separate decision,  the appeals court refused to invalidate Walker’s ruling on the grounds that he should have disclosed he was in a long term same-sex relationship.  Walker, a Republican appointee who is openly gay, said after his ruling  that he had been in a relationship with another man for 10 years. He has never said ...

“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.

The ruling upheld a decision by retired Chief U.S. District Judge ...

Is marriage finally obsolete? Let’s hope so.

Cue the hand-wringing on this one:

Just over half of all adult Americans, 51 percent, are currently married, according to an analysis of U.S. census data by the Pew Research Center. The center predicts that, if current trends continue, the share of currently married adults will fall below half within a few years. In 1960, 72 percent of all adults 18 and older were married.

The analysis shows that, though the traditional marriage is giving way, other lifestyle forms – including cohabitation, single-person households and single parenthood – are growing. It found that the number of new marriages in the United States declined by 5 percent from 2009 to 2010.

It’s not just that folks aren’t getting married as much, it’s also ...

Cue the hand-wringing on this one:

Just over half of all adult Americans, 51 percent, are currently married, according to an analysis of U.S. census data by the Pew Research Center. The center predicts that, if current ...

Pakistan passes bill to protect women’s rights

Last week, the National Assembly of Pakistan passed a bill which will punish those who force women into marriages or deny them inheritance. Folks who engage in these practices would face both steep fines, up to $12,00 in some cases, as well as potential jail time.

Importantly, this bill criminalizes some of the anti-woman practices that deny women financial independence and limit their social and financial mobility. As you’ll see in the video, this bill has a long way to go yet and it’s reliance on the courts and criminalization of men poses some challenges. But at a time when it might feel as though misogyny is the order of the day in many places around the world, knowing this ...

Last week, the National Assembly of Pakistan passed a bill which will punish those who force women into marriages or deny them inheritance. Folks who engage in these practices would face both steep fines, up to ...

Pakistan passes bill to protect women’s rights

Last week, the National Assembly of Pakistan passed a bill which will punish those who force women into marriages or deny them inheritance. Folks who engage in these practices would face both steep fines, up to $12,00 in some cases, as well as potential jail time.

Importantly, this bill criminalizes some of the anti-woman practices that deny women financial independence and limit their social and financial mobility. As you’ll see in the video, this bill has a long way to go yet and it’s reliance on the courts and criminalization of men poses some challenges. But at a time when it might feel as though misogyny is the order of the day in many places around the world, knowing this ...

Last week, the National Assembly of Pakistan passed a bill which will punish those who force women into marriages or deny them inheritance. Folks who engage in these practices would face both steep fines, up to ...

The good wife: Anne Sinclair is leaving DSK

Anne Sinclair, the wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is reportedly leaving him. The final straw for her seems to have been DSK’s alleged involvement in a prostitution network now under criminal investigation.

Sinclair, a former top TV current affairs presenter and multi-millionaire heiress to an art empire has been relatively quiet, if implicitly supportive of her husband since he was charged with allegations of sexual assault against Nafissatou Diallo, a woman a hotel worker at the Sofitel in New York.

From the Telegraph:

Friends of the couple told Le Figaro Anne has had it with his “pathetic” behavior and is looking into  or separation, as well as demanding that he pay back the hundreds of thousands of ...

Anne Sinclair, the wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is reportedly leaving him. The final straw for her seems to have been DSK’s alleged involvement in a prostitution network now under criminal investigation.

Sinclair, a former top TV current affairs ...

What China’s new marriage law has to do with American social conservatism

Last month, a new interpretation of Chinese law went into effect that awards ownership of property bought before marriage to the original buyer, rather than to the couple jointly, as the law had previously been.

It’s easy to see how this change would mostly affect women, and could threaten the economic security of divorced Chinese women, especially considering how ingrained male home ownership is in Chinese culture: Chinese men traditionally buy a home before they marry, and many parents start a “home-purchase fund” for their child as soon as they know it is male. One article even reports that “a marriage entered into when the male does not have a house to provide is referred to ...

Last month, a new interpretation of Chinese law went into effect that awards ownership of property bought before marriage to the original buyer, rather than to the couple jointly, as the law had previously ...

Sex, birth control, and the far right social agenda

This guest post is from women’s health advocate Shirley Kailas. Please find her full bio after the break.

Something really fascinating and enormously important has just happened, and I’d like to take a moment to bring it front and center now that most of the hubbub has died down. As covered last week, HHS recently decided to require insurance companies to cover birth control without co-pays. Many intelligent articles have been written explaining why this is such monumental news from a public health perspective, and it is, but for the purpose of this reflection, I’m interested in discussing a different perspective.

Instead, I’d like to reflect on something fairly remarkable that we just got to witness: what influential social ...

This guest post is from women’s health advocate Shirley Kailas. Please find her full bio after the break.

Something really fascinating and enormously important has just happened, and I’d like to take a moment to bring it ...

The NY marriage waiting game continues, vote possible today

We’ve had a few moments this week of thinking we were on the brink of a vote to legalize same-sex marriage in NY. Last night seemed the closest, but come this morning we’re still waiting.

Think Progress reports that last night was spent negotiating amendments that would provide protection to religious entities who might not want to recognize gay partnerships.

Republicans’ fears of fighting off discrimination lawsuits if religious individuals and businesses are not exempt from recognizing gay couples may be overblown. As Reuters points out “in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia, all of which have passed gay-marriage legislation with religious exemptions, similar fears of lawsuits have not been borne out.”

If the ...

We’ve had a few moments this week of thinking we were on the brink of a vote to legalize same-sex marriage in NY. Last night seemed the closest, but come this morning we’re still waiting.

Think Progress ...

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