Today’s Lady News: Cindy McCain Supports Gay Marriage … No, Seriously, She Does

  • Cindy McCain came out in favor of same-sex marriage for the NOH8 campaign, following in her daughter Meghan’s footsteps. [BuzzFeed]
  • In more McCain-y news, Sarah Palin will campaign for McCain in March when he runs for re-election in Arizona. Am I the only one who is shocked they still support each other? I guess where Sarah Palin goes, journalists and video cameras follow. [CNN]

  • Several French politicians have said that any woman who breaks France’s proposed ban on wearing a burqa should be “deprived of her rights,” and have also suggested that women in burqas should not be allowed to ride public transportation and illegal immigrants who wear the burqa should be denied citizenship. [Daily Mail UK]
  • The abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America just released their state-by-state map detailing how pro-choice the politicians and laws of each state are. How does your state stack up? [NARAL]
  • You’ve heard the news about the Senatorial race in Massachusetts. You’ve watched Scott Brown’s victory speech where he awkwardly announced his two daughters are both “available.” Now find out why Martha Coakley did not become the state’s first-ever female senator. [Daily Beast]
  • Anti-abortion activists in Alaska say they have collected enough signatures to require a vote on a parental consent law, meaning that parents should be notified or provide consent when their teenager seeks an abortion. [KTUU.com]
  • Since last year the University of Wisconsin Hospital proposed providing abortions up until the 22nd week of pregnancy, anti-abortion activists now keep a near-constant presence, even though no abortions are offered yet. [Wisconsin State Journal]
  • A law allowing gay marriage in New Hampshire only went into effect three weeks ago, but already opponents are trying to get it repealed. [Chicago Sun-Times]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Reports from Saudi Arabia say the government has closed down a women’s fitness center in Jeddah because exercise clubs for women are mostly illegal. [ABC News]
  • The French newspaper Le Monde appointed a woman as executive editor for the first time in history. Sylvie Kauffmann called her appointment “the final stage of an evolution” at the paper. [New York Times]
  • Sadly, women’s rights activist Myriam Merlet is not the only advocate for Haitian women who died in last week’s earthquake. Magalie Marcelin was a lawyer who helped establish a safe house for domestic violence victims as well as brought micro-loans to women, and Anne Marie Coriolan was a top advisor in the country’s ministry of women. [CNN]
  • The Afghan Parliament rejected 10 of the 17 cabinet nominees from President Hamad Karzai, including two of the three women nominees. [BBC]
  • The Supreme Court of Myanmar (Burma) has decided it will consider the appeal of Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and pro-democracy activist who has been forced into house arrest for 14 of the past 20 years. [CNN]
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