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Judge Struck Down Pennsylvania Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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  • A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage today, calling it unconstitutional. PA’s Democratic attorney general said she wouldn’t defend the 1996 law, as she found it unconstitutional as well. Congratulations, PA couples who can now get married!  [NBC News]
  • A man who drugged and raped his wife for three years and filmed it all on his phone has only gotten eight years of home confinement as punishment. [Feministing]
  • Blogger Shanelle Matthews on why California should appeal the Maximum Family Grant rule, which forbids financial support to babies who are born into families receiving welfare. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

“God’s Law” Cited As The Reason Openly Gay Lawmaker Blocked From Speaking On DOMA Ruling

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The striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act is an enormous victory for same-sex marriage. Alas, there are always several assholes out there to remind us that ignorance and homophobia are still alive and well. On Wednesday, openly gay Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat from Philadelphia, was not permitted to speak about DOMA on the floor of the Pennsylvania House. Why? Because bigots wouldn’t let him.  A procedural maneuver in the PA legislature requires just one legislator to shut down such impromptu remarks and Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe announced:

“I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law,”

Yes, you read that correctly. Sims was not allowed to speak in a government building because he maybe was going to say something in violation of “God’s law.” Welcome to America! We have separation of church and state here, people. Later, Rep. Metcalfe told the AP, “For me to allow him to say things that I believe are open rebellion against God are for me to participate in his open rebellion. There’s no free speech on the floor.” Keep reading »

PA Lawmaker To Introduce Legislation Seeking To Defund Planned Parenthood

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  • A Republican state representative in Pennsylvania will introduce legislation tomorrow that seeks to defund Planned Parenthood. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s bill would prioritize health clinics that provide abortion services below ones which do not, which would mean that PP would be deprived of state and federal funds. Those funds are used to provide PP’s other services, including cancer prevention and prescriptions. [Huffington Post]
  • The civil lawsuit against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn, who was accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid one year ago, will hold its next hearing in the Bronx on June 11. The Bronx is where the victim, Nafissatou Diallo, lives. Criminal charges were dropped against DSK after prosecutors said Diallo was not trustworthy. [New York Post]
  • Why the “debate” over breastfeeding older toddlers is bogus. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Pennsylvania House To Introduce Anti-Abortion Ultrasound Bill

  • Pennsylvania’s state House of Representatives will soon introduce an anti-abortion bill that requires a woman seeking an abortion have an ultrasound 24 hours before the procedure. The doctor is required to position the screen of the ultrasound test facing the woman, although the woman is not required by law to look at it. She will also be required to received two prints of the ultrasound image, although she is not required to open them. The bill is called the Woman’s Right To Know Act and claims to give pregnant women “full information” about terminating a pregnancy. But instead, ultrasound bills like this one heap an additional expense upon women with unplanned pregnancies and provide a hindrance to seeking an abortion. [Reproductive Health Reality Check] Keep reading »
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