Posts Tagged Marriage

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 ...

Will today be the day, New York?

There is a lot of buzz in the New York area this morning about the possibility of getting marriage equality by day’s end. My fingers are certainly crossed (which, yes, makes it hard to type). New York is bigger by population than previous legalizing states combined, so the number of Americans that live with marriage equality would more than double.

In honor of our hopes, check Mayor Bloomberg’s important speech, grounding this issue in a long and important history, from a few weeks ago at Cooper Union:

There is a lot of buzz in the New York area this morning about the possibility of getting marriage equality by day’s end. My fingers are certainly crossed (which, yes, makes it hard to type). New York ...

Shriver and Baena Defy Catfight Conventions

“Hell hath no fury like a reporter scorned by a cheating ex-husband keeping a love child and secret mistress.”

“Home wreckers typically thrive on power and dominance, and are only excited when they feel like they are both getting away with something by participating in an affair and are stealing something from another woman.”

These are just a few of the inflammatory and antagonistic things that were said in the media about the relationship between Mariah Shriver and Mildred Baena, the (now separated) wife and ex-lover of Arnold Schwarzenegger, respectively. While they were having a field day with the “love child” story the first broke back in May, many of the major media outlets and tabloids pitted Shriver and ...

“Hell hath no fury like a reporter scorned by a cheating ex-husband keeping a love child and secret mistress.”

“Home wreckers typically thrive on power and dominance, and are only excited when they feel like ...

Focus on the Family President concedes he’s “probably” lost on gay marriage

In an interview with the Christian World Magazine, Focus on the Family’s President and CEO Jim Daly concedes that his side may have lost the battle on same-sex marriage. His quote (via Freedom to Marry):

We’re losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don’t know if that’s going to change with a little more age—demographers would say probably not. We’ve probably lost that.

We’ve started to see evidence that the tide is turning when it comes to public opinion on gay marriage. Remember Speaker Boehner’s seriously weak response to President Obama’s move away from defending DOMA?

It’s pretty amazing to see things turning ...

In an interview with the Christian World Magazine, Focus on the Family’s President and CEO Jim Daly concedes that his side may have lost the battle on same-sex marriage. His quote (via Freedom to Marry):

We’re ...

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