Today’s Lady News: Politician Trying To Ban Gay Marriage Caught Committing Adultery

  • Anti-gay Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch has stepped down amongst allegations of an affair with a Senate staffer. Hmm, this throws a wrench in plans she and other GOPers in the state had to ban gay marriage, doesn’t it? An “apology” issued by the state’s gay community for breaking up Amy Koch’s traditional marriage is absolutely priceless (emphasis mine): We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry. And we are doubly remorseful in knowing that many will see this as a form of sexual harassment of a subordinate.

    It is now clear to us that if we were not so self-focused and myopic, we would have been able to see that the time you wasted diligently writing legislation that would forever seal the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, could have been more usefully spent reshaping the legal definition of “adultery.”

     Amy Koch was accused of having an affair with a male staffer, though, so I’m sure in her book this is A-OK.  [Queerty]

  • Amy Koch’s alleged affair begs the question: why isn’t a female political sex scandal getting more attention? [Hyber Vocal]
  • Black women are among those hardest hit by job loss during the economic downtown, according to a study done by the National Women’s Law Center. [Washington Post]
  • Zerlina Maxwell from Feministing on binge drinking and rape prevention seems to be referencing my Soapbox essay from yesterday (I’m guessing?) in a piece — although that reference is neither here nor there because it’s a great, passionate, thoughtful piece. Definitely worth reading if you’ve been following this whole back and forth. [Feministing
  • Pennsylvania’s governor is expected to sign a law which will restrict abortion rights by requring clinics that perform abortions to adhere to the same regulation standards as medical facilities that perform other surgeries. []
  • Pharmacists are all-too-often unaware 17-year-olds can access the Plan B morning-after pill without a prescription, according to a study by JAMA where researchers called pharmacies posing as teens. [Mother Jones
  • Radio host Bruce Jacobs of WTMM in Albany called two WNBA teams the “Los Angeles Lesbians” and the “Phoenix Dyke-ury” during a broadcast on Tuesday. [The Big Lead]
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann confirmed yesterday that she received a phone call from a major evangelical leader asking her to drop out of the GOP nomination race and throw her support behind Rick Santorum or Rick Perry. [Mediaite]
  • Teenage girls are having more lesbian sex (or, at least, girl-on-girl sexual exploration) and getting pregnant less, according to a study by the Williams Institute. [Queerty]
  • On Taylor Swift, her Cover Girl mascara ad that was accused of being Photoshopped, and the Self-Esteem Act. [Off Our Chests]
  • On Cosmopolitan’s Helen Gurley Brown and the rise of the “sexy single girl.” [BBC]
  • Bahraini police have freed the daughter of a jailed opposition leader who was dragged into police custody, apparently for her human rights blogging. [BBC]
  • British National Health Service patients are said to be among victims of faulty silicone breast implants made by the French company Poly Implant Prothese. [Guardian UK]
  • Meet Karyn McCluskey, the badass who rid Glasgow of violent gangs. [Guardian UK
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