Gay Marriage Legalized In Hawaii

  • Hawaii’s governor signed a bill today legalizing same-sex marriage after December 2 — hooray! Fifteen states and the District of Columbia now marry gay couples. [AP]
  • This essay by a Black woman who was raped by her father and later asked him to walk her down the aisle absolutely slayed me. [Ebony]
  • Democratic lawmakers introduced the Women’s Health Protection Acti today which will prohibit states from blocking women’s access to abortion by regulating the building standards of clinics. Said Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, “In states like Texas and Wisconsin, legislatures are passing bills with the false pretext of protecting health when their only objective is to obstruct and curtail access to safe and legal abortions and reproductive services.” [Huffington Post]
  • To protect battered women, you have to protect their pets — but so many shelters do not also allow animals. [Pacific Standard]
  • Here’s MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry accepting an award for her show’s coverage of transgender issues. [TransEquality]
  • On how college women are using Title IX to force schools to combat sexual assault. [TakePart]
  • Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is on a speaking tour, indicating she has no plans to disappear completely after being ousted from office. [Guardian UK]
  • Bill O’Reilly said transgender-inclusive locker rooms will turn schools into Hooters. [Media Matters For America]
  • On talking to boys about violence. [Feministing]
  • Why do trend pieces about “empowered women” so often make this author want to kill herself? [Flavorwire]

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