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5 Things To Know About Edith “Edie” Windsor, The 83-Year-Old Lesbian Challenging The Defense Of Marriage Act

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Today, the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8, and tomorrow they will consider the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA). It’s a huge moment for gay rights and marriage equality, as the verdicts in both of these cases have the potential to change the course of history. At the center of the DOMA case, Windsor v. United States, is an 83-year-old lesbian named Edith “Edie” Windsor, a former top programmer for IBM who was married in Canada in 2007 after a 40-year engagement to her wife, Thea. Windsor is ready to take her fight for equality to the national stage. “It’s almost a deliriously joyous thing for an old lady,” she says. Here are five things you might not know about this pearl-wearing powerhouse… Keep reading »

Gay Marriage Supporters Wait Out The DOMA & Prop 8 Decisions On The Supreme Court Steps

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The Supreme Court will hear two landmark gay rights cases today: they’re hearing arguments on Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Court critics say the cases could go a number of ways, and despite the fact that both cases will get relatively little time in front of the judges (just 60 minutes and 110 minutes, respectively), gay marriage advocates have turned out in droves to show support. Of course, there are anti-gay protestors, too — the most hilarious sign from the other side reads “God Hates Your Feelings.” We’ll keep you updated on any court decisions. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Happy belated birthday to Supreme Court Justice Bader Ginsburg!  There are so many reasons to love the two-time cancer survivor Justice: from her stance on reproductive rights, to holding it down as the solo woman on the court for three years (post-Sandra Day O’Connor, pre-Sonia Sotomayor).

Yesterday March 19, The Washington Post revealed another endearing insight: the octogenarian sees personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, twice a week.   Keep reading »

Majority Of Americans Say ‘Roe Vs. Wade’ Should Not Be Overturned: Pew Poll

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  • Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which effectively legalized abortion, should not be overturned according to the majority of Americans. This information comes via a Pew Research poll which found 63 percent of those polled want the landmark decision to be left alone. [Feminist.org]
  • A South Carolina state representative has introduced a bill to offer the HPV vaccine, which prevents some strains of HPV which cause cervical cancer, to 7th graders. Republican Governor Nikki Haley vetoed a similar bill last year. [Think Progress]
  • A California state senator has introduced a bill to clarify the 1872 law that says only married women can be raped by “impostors” pretending to be their husbands. [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Supreme Court Will Rule On Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court will take up California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices said today they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex weddings, though on narrow grounds. Read more…

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Talks Princesses On “Sesame Street”

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Being A Princess Is Not A Career

At some point in the life of many little girls and some little boys there comes the cold, hard realization that you cannot be a princess when you grow up. Think about it: do you really want to spend the rest of your life like Kate Middleton abusing brown eye liner? I thought not. A new clip from “Sesame Street” breaks it to those booger-eaters with the help of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Keep reading »

When Fox News And CNN Got The SCOTUS Health Care Ruling Wrong

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When Fox News And CNN Got It Wrong

Remember this morning, when the Supreme Court upheld Obama’s health care law? That was awesome. But in the moments after the ruling came down, there was mass confusion about what it all meant. After all, Supreme Court rulings aren’t just like, YAY or NAY. They’re hundreds of complexly worded legal documents. So because both CNN and Fox News were concentrating so hard on being first with news of the ruling, instead of right, they both went to air with the wrong information. It’s a very “Dewey Defeats Truman” kind of moment, isn’t it? And it proves that reading really is fundamental.

Supreme Court Upholds ObamaCare

The fate of ObamaCare has been decided—and it’s very, very good news for President Obama and tens of millions of uninsured Americans. The Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act with one Medicaid-related exception. SCOTUSblog reports that Chief Justice John Roberts’ vote “saved” ObamaCare; he sided with the left in upholding the individual mandate as constitutional. As for that exception, “the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.” Read more …

Walmart Facing Biggest Sex Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit Ever Next Week

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Beginning next week, Walmart will go before the Supreme Court to defend itself in the largest class action sexual discrimination lawsuit in history. Walmart is accused of allegedly paying female employees less and favoring male employees for promotions at its 3,400 big box stores nationwide.

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Today’s Lady News: Clarence Thomas’ Wife Asks Anita Hill For Sexual Harassment Apology

  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Virginia Thomas, called Anita Hill and left a message on her Brandeis University answering machine asking her for an apology nearly 20 years after the two families were embroiled in a very public sexual harassment battle. In 1991, Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee before Thomas’ confirmation that he had made inappropriate sexual comments to her, including describing porn films. “Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband,” the voice said. “So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.” In response, Anita Hill told The New York Times, “[Virginia Thomas] can’t ask for an apology without suggesting that I did something wrong, and that is offensive.” [New York Times]

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