Catholic Orgs File Massive Organized Lawsuits Against Obama Administration Over Birth Control

  • Earlier today, 43 Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions filed lawsuits in 12 federal courts over birth control coverage in President Obama’s plans for health care reform. The Obama administration has long touted its compromise that contraception coverage will be provided free by health care insurers if the employer refused to cover it; however, the people filing the lawsuit claim their religious liberty is under attack. Additionally, two Catholic universities recently dropped their student health plans entirely rather than deal with the compromise.  [New York Times]
  • North Carolina pastor Charles L. Worley was videotaped saying that lesbians and gays should be put behind an electrocuted fence and left to die off. “Build a great, big, large fence — 150- or 100-mile long — put all the lesbians in there,” he said. “Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out … and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out … do you know why? They can’t reproduce!” How grossly inhumane. [Huffington Post]
  • Former TV news anchor Campbell Brown penned a New York Times op-ed this weekend calling President Obama “condescending” and “paternalistic” towards women … and doesn’t get around to mentioning her husband is an advisor to Mitt Romney until 10 paragraphs in. [Think Progress]
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America CEO Cecile Richards on how a Mitt Romney presidency would put the lives of poor and uninsured women at risk. [The Daily Beast]
  • Christine Quinn, the New York City council speaker, married her longtime girlfriend, Kim Catullo, this weekend in New York, nearly a year after the state legalized same-sex marriage. [New York Times]
  • Where can Arabic lesbians in the U.S. go to socialize and dance freely? [New York Times]
  • Meet Aesha, the young Afghani woman who became a symbol of all oppressed women in Afghanistan after her nose and ears were cut of by the Taliban. [CNN]
  • Transgender Canadian woman Jenna Talackova competed this weekend in the Miss Universe Canada competition — a victory after a highly publicized dismissal from the pageant because Jenna was not born with female anatomy. [Styleite]
  • Exotic dancers at the famed Crazy Horse club in Paris, France, may go on strike over labor disputes. [Guardian UK]
  • Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will finally accept her Nobel Peace Prize from 1991. At the time of the original award, Suu Kyi was unable to make the trip; she has spent the majority of her life under house arrest for her activism. [New York Post]
  • Authorities have formally opened the investigation into allegations that former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn raped a woman in a Washington, D.C., hotel. Nearly a year ago, DSK was accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid (although charges were eventually dismissed). [New York Daily News]
  • Tamae Watanabe, 73, of Japan, has climbed Mt. Everest for the second time after breaking the world record for being the oldest woman to climb it. [The FW]