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Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down In Texas

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  • 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] Keep reading »

Uganda To Punish “Aggravated” Homosexuality With Life Imprisonment

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  • Uganda’s president signed an anti-gay law which will punish “serial offenders” of “aggravated” homosexuality with life imprisonment … [New York Times]
  • … and why the United States knows this, yet might just leave Uganda be. [Think Progress]
  • A Montana judge has admitted he was wrong (an understatement) to tell a 14-year-old rape victim that she looked older than her age and asked to be punished by the state. Judge G. Todd Baugh originally sentenced the 49-year-old rapist to 30 days in jail and later said he would reconsider the sentence. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Hillary Clinton’s Career Advice: Toughen Up, Ladies

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"Grow Skin Like A Rhinoceros"

Your career plans might not include New York Senator or Secretary Of State. Even so, surely you can’t deny that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knows a thing or two about successful careers. Speaking this week at New York University about her new Clinton Foundation project, “No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project,” Ms. Clinton dished out career advice worth listening to. “One of the best pieces of advice that I ever heard from anyone was Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1920s who said that women in politics or in public roles should grow skin like a rhinoceros. I think there’s some truth to that,” she said. “It’s important to learn how to take criticism seriously, but not personally. And to do that, you have to be willing to hear what others, who are your critics, are saying and to evaluate where they’re coming from.” It’s sexist and annoying that women need to be this way  more than men (and mothers in politics and public life especially), but I don’t doubt that Clinton, who has an admirable rhinoceros hide herself, is correct. [CBS News]

Virginia’s Same Sex Marriage Ban Overturned!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, sinners and sodomites! Yesterday, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ban is in violation of the equal protection and due process clauses in the United States Constitution’s 14th amendment. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s wrote in the ruling, “Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal. Surely this means all of us.” She also singled out the ban for “unlawful prejudice.” (This ruling also means VA has to acknowledge same-sex marriages which are legal in other states.)

Earlier this month, VA’s Attorney General had made clear that he would not defend the same-sex marriage ban on behalf of the state. Gay marriage opponents are already planning to appeal the decision and it’s likely this could head to the Supreme Court.  [New York Times, CNN, NPR]

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hangs Out With The Real-Life Veep

  • “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus logged in some time with Joe Biden, the real vice president, at a state dinner last night honoring the French president. I wonder if he shared tips on how to play second fiddle. [Huffington Post]
  • New couple alert: Sarah Silverman is dating “Masters Of Sex” star Michael Sheen. [US Weekly]
  • Hugh Jackman will host this year’s TONY Awards (because Neil Patrick Harris is busy). [Towleroad]
  • Five things to know about Sky, the fox terrier who won this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. [Vanity Fair]
  • Oooh la la: 36 figure skaters who look like they’re having sex. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

Up Top! Missouri Politician Introduces Bill To Make High-Five Official State Greeting

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Missouri To Make High Five Official State Greeting

“The high-five is friendly, fun, and can lift spirits,” said Courtney Allen Curtis, a Missouri State Representative, and that’s why he has put forth a bill to make the high-five Missouri’s official state greeting. “With tensions running high in the Capitol building, the high five might be just what Missouri needs,” said Curtis, who introduced the bill, called HB 1624, earlier this week. “An official state greeting could help to break up the monotony of the day-to-day work and promote a friendlier environment between both sides of the aisle.” The plan might sound a little ridiculous (or a lot ridiculous), but I want to give Curtis a high-five for his unapologetic idealism in the face of complex political strife. Who knows how many massive rifts, political standoffs, and brutal wars throughout history could have been solved with a simple, “up top, buddy!”? [Huffington Post]

 

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