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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 ...

Law firm pulls out of DOMA defense case

Maya wrote last week about how the House GOP had committed half a million dollars to an outside law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Obama administration recently announced they would decline to defend pieces of the law, prompting the GOP case.

Now the law firm has backed out of the case, according to Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post. This pull-out may have been due to the intense amount of press the arrangement received, in part because it came so quickly after a budget fight where the House GOP members emphasized spending cuts so adamantly.

Metro Weekly has more, and full article from Amanda here.

Maya wrote last week about how the House GOP had committed half a million dollars to an outside law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Obama administration recently announced they would decline ...

House GOP spending $500,000 in taxpayer money to defend DOMA

Remember how the GOP’s top priority right now is creating jobs? Oh wait, nevermind. Remember how the GOP’s top priority right now is reducing the deficit? I mean, as long as it’s done mainly solely by cutting spending, instead of raising taxes on the wealthy? Ya know, “make the tough choices,” “tighten our belts” and all that jazz? Remember that?

Well, here’s the latest update from the Hypocrisy Watch Unit of the Misplaced Priorities Department. The Huffington Post reports that House Republicans plan to pay an independent law firm up to $500,000 of taxpayer money to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) since the Obama administration instructed the Justice Department to stop defending it in February.

And as Joe ...

Remember how the GOP’s top priority right now is creating jobs? Oh wait, nevermind. Remember how the GOP’s top priority right now is reducing the deficit? I mean, as long as it’s done mainly solely by cutting ...

Political mailer criticizes female candidate for being “unmarried”

Tampa, FL has a mayoral election coming up next week. Recently, a mailer attacking Republican candidate Rose Ferlita was sent out to voters. Here’s what the mailer looks like, courtesy of Saint Petersblog:


Like so many mailers going out this soon before an election, it’s pretty mean spirited. Ferlita is compared to a wilted rose — in other words, an old woman who’s lost her beauty, clearly an important political qualifier. (Plus, oh-so-clever word play.) It calls her unelectable because of her, “notoriously difficult temperament.” But far and away the worst thing about this mailer is bullet point one of it’s three main points: Ferlita is “unmarried”:

Rose Ferlita has put her political ambition first and foremost, while her opponent ...

Tampa, FL has a mayoral election coming up next week. Recently, a mailer attacking Republican candidate Rose Ferlita was sent out to voters. Here’s what the mailer looks like, courtesy of Saint Petersblog:


Like so many ...

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