Today’s Lady News: Gays Can Marry In California!

Jessica Wakeman | August 12, 2010 - 8:30 pm
  • Good news! Earlier today, Judge Vaughn Walker lifted the stay imposed on the decision to repeal Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage in California. In other words, gay couples will not be prevented from marrying while gay marriage opponents appeal his decision. Congratulations, Cali gays and lesbians! []
  • Yesterday, two members of the House of Representatives introduced the SAFER Act, a bill that will fund the testing of thousands of “rape kits” around the country. “Rape kits” are the important DNA evidence collected by police/medical personnel following a sexual assault. The SAFER Act would also create a national registry so rape victims can track the status of their rape kit. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Meet U.S. Military Academy cadet Katherine Miller, a lesbian who is being discharged under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. She sounds totally ballsy and awesome. [Mother Jones]

  • A U.S. District Judge in Louisiana has temporarily banned a new law that would require a woman seeking an abortion to first have an ultrasound. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit against the law last week which called it “unconstitutionally vague.” [NPR]
  • A Pennsylvania woman claims Donald Duck groped her breast at Disney World’s Epcot Center. April Magolon, 27, said the be-costumed duck grabbed her breast and then raised his arms in the air “indicating he had done something wrong,” according to her lawsuit. She is suing Disney World for $50,000. [The Smoking Gun]
  • The FBI will investigate a tragic incident that happened in May when Detroit cops killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones, age 7, with a stray bullet while raiding her home. Aiyana had been sleeping on her couch when cops threw a grenade through a window and then they burst inside and fired shots, which hit her in the head and neck. [Essence]
  • An aide for New York’s Governor David Paterson has finally been charged with assault regarding a 2009 domestic violence incident. David Johnson — one of the governor’s friends and closest aides, who is currently suspended without pay — allegedly tore off Sherr-una Booker’s clothes, choked and shoved her. Gov. Paterson and his advisers have been investigated for their knowledge of the incident. They were found to have made errors of judgment, but to not have done anything improper. [New York Times]
  • A recent study by the University of Southern California says an astounding 96 percent of airtime on sports show is taken up by men’s sports — the rest is taken up by both women and dogs’ sports. USC studied three weeks of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and six weeks of three TV stations in L.A. [Washington Post]
  • After a lawsuit recently challenged Quinnipiac University in Connecticut to be in compliance with Title IX, which ensures school sports teams of both genders are treated equally, the college will keep both its women’s volleyball team and its cheerleading squad. [AP]
  • Los Angeles police say a serial rapist may be preying on the city’s homeless women. The man apparently approaches women in a van and offers to take them to get food, then ties them up and rapes them. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Blogger Nate Silver crunched some numbers and not only found that support for same-sex marriage appears to be on the upswing, but that the 50 percent opposition and 49 percent in favor is too close to call. []
  • Juanita Waugh of Indiana, who passed way at age 88 in February, left $43 million dollars to the not-for-profit medical establishment Mayo Clinic, which will be used for educational programs. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Meet director Tamra Davis, who discusses her new flick about the late artist Basquiat, called “Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Radiant Child.” Hooray for female filmmakers! [The Gloss]
  • The president of a Russian dairy has threatened to fire its female employees who have abortions. [BBC]
  • The human rights group Amnesty International has denounced an interview on state-run Iranian television with Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who faces death by hanging for adultery. During the interview, Ashtiani renounces her lawyer, who recently fled Iran out of concerns for his safety. According to the rights group, “”Televised ‘confessions’ have repeatedly been used by the authorities to incriminate individuals in custody.” Ashtiani had originally been sentenced to death by stoning, but the sentence was downgraded after international criticism. Brazil offered asylum to the 43-year-old mother of two, which Iran refused. [CNN]
  • Pregnant Muslim women have been told not to fast during the holy month of Ramadan. [BBC]