Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down In Texas

  • In 2005, Texas voters approved an amendment to the Texas constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Today, a  federal judge has struck down a ban on same-sex marriage, deeming it unconstitutional. Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that denying gay couples the right to marry is a violation of equal protection and due process. However, gay couples will not be allowed to marry immediately because a stay was issued on the ruling, pending an inevitable appeal. [New York Times]
  • On the thin female characters of “True Detective”… [The New Yorker]
  • But maybe the show treats its female characters badly for a reason. [Slate]
  • Buy an old “purity ring” on eBay and raise money for Planned Parenthood! (Spoiler: the ring didn’t “work.”) [Virginity Movie]
  • Project Rose in Phoenix, Arizona, is working in conjunction with police to have sex workers arrested in order to “save’ them. How fucked up is that? [VICE]
  • Few women in the military actually want the combat jobs newly opened to them, according to the results of a new survey. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the option, though! [AP]
  • Most Democrats want former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, according to a new poll. [New York Times]
  • Attention, Republicans: calling a woman a “twat” on Facebook is not a good idea right now or ever. [Talking Points Memo]
  • These are the seven most common lies about abortion. [Rolling Stone]
  • An anesthesiologist in Canada has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting 21 women while they were under sedation. [USA Today]
  • On the limitations of Eve Ensler’s “dance-based activism.” [The Hairpin]
  • On race and Olympic figure skating. [Racialicious]

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