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Today’s Lady News: Gay Marriage In Washington Signed Into Law

Today's Lady News
  • Washington state’s Governor Chris Gregoire signed a law that legalizes same-sex marriage, which will take effect on June 7. Unfortunately, opponents are already gathering signatures hoping to get the law voted on at the ballot box by citizens instead. [KIROtv.com]
  • Meanwhile, New Jersey’s state Senate approved a bill today legalizing gay marriage. The bill is expected to pass the NJ Assembly later this weekend. Then it will head to the desk of Republican Governor Chris Christie, who has vowed to veto it. [NJ.com, The Atlantic Monthly]
  • A feminist take on the media response to Whitney Houston’s death. [Feminist Philosophers]
  • Target has pulled a “stalker” Valentine’s Day card that read, “Stalker is a harsh word … I prefer Valentine.” [Care2]
  • Liz Trotta, a Fox News contributer, says women in the military should “expect” rape to be a problem because “these people are in close contact.” Um, that’s a rather offensive thing to say. [Media Matters] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Says Birth Control “Just Costs A Few Dollars,” Is Not Something “You Need Insurance For”

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  • Oh, Rick Santorum, just shut up already! He told conservatives at the CPAC  conference today that insurers shouldn’t cover the cost of birth control because it “costs just a few dollars. Is that what insurance is for?” He continued, adding “Things that are not really things you need insurance for, and still forcing on something that is not a critical economic need, when you have an economic distress, where you would need insurance. But forcing them even more to do it for minor expenses.” Regardless of what your opinions on health care reform are, Rick Santorum is just WRONG. It’s not “just a few dollars.” It’s not a “minor expense.”  My birth control pills had a co-pay of $60 — that’s with insurance — so I stopped taking them because they were out of my budget. [Think Progress]
  • Yes, let’s all fight about Liz Lemon on “30 Rock” some more. [NPR]
  • No female TSA agents on duty meant a Denver woman was not allowed to board a flight. She was not even allowed to sign a waiver and approve a male TSA agent pat her down.  How ridiculous! [KDVR
  • Blogger Alyssa Rosenberg on the New York Giants’ Brandon Jacobs, who suggested Gisele Bundchen “look cute and shut up,” and how sexism silences wives of famous men. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Pregnant Woman Asked To Resign

  • A pregnant woman in Connecticut was asked to resign by her employers instead of taking maternity leave. Amy Zvovushe, 31, told her employers she was pregnant on Sept. 23 and was soon told she would have to resign, as she had not been with the company for 12 months, after which she would be eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act. This is completely ridiculous — instead of giving her temporary and unpaid leave to give birth, they got rid of her. The person interviewed for the piece called it a “sexist irony” that the FMLA was used to fire, not protect, a working woman’s job — well put!  Fortunately, Amy Zvovushe recorded her crappy HR folks and had a lawyer contact them; as a result, she was able to take temporary leave to give birth and then return to her job. [ABC News]
  • Following a conservative “pro-family” group’s threat to boycott JC Penney for sponsoring Ellen DeGeneres’ lezbo-riffic TV program, Howard Stern has announced he will “defend her to the end” and will call on all his listeners to boycott JC Penney if they do drop Ellen.  That’s awesome. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Judge Orders Abusive Husband To Take Wife To Red Lobster

  • Oh, Florida. A judge in the WTF-is-going-on-here state sentenced a man accused of shoving his wife against a sofa and grabbing her neck to take her on a date to Red Lobster and a bowling alley. No jail time! Cheddar biscuits instead! The judge called this incident “very, very minor” without any serious violence. I call this a warning sign to the wife that her husband is abusive and she should hightail it out of there. I also call this another example of this country not taking violence against women seriously. Domestic violence doesn’t have to be life-threatening for it to be troubling and if this guy gets off with a slap on the wrist (if you could call it that) this time, what’s to stop him from escalating next time?  Today it’s shoving her against a couch and grabbing her neck. What about tomorrow? Hopefully when this couple visits a marriage counselor — also a part of the man’s sentencing — the therapist can persuade the wife that no amount of lobster tails in the world excuses a partner using force against their loved one. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Obama Could Compromise On Birth Control Coverage Under Health Care Reform

  • The Obama administration is open to a “compromise” on the health care reform requirement that religiously-affiliated employers cover preventative care, including birth control, without co-pays or deductibles. Some schools and hospitals balked that the only exemptions made were for explicitly religious employers. But this morning, David Axelrod, an advisor on the president’s re-election campaign, said the administration will “look for a way” to make everyone happy. [New York Times
  • Mitt Romney said that Susan G. Komen for the Cure was right to cut grants to Planned Parenthood. Perhaps he would not have held this same position years ago when he attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser and his wife donated money to the clinics. Or, many years after that, when he signed a pro-choice pledge organized by PP. [Huffington Post, Think Progress]
  • HealthCare.gov now enables you to search for health plans with coverage for same-sex relationships. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Komen For The Cure Insider Tells All About Planned Parenthood Tomfoolery

  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s VP Karen Handel, a former politician who ran on an anti-abortion platform and was endorsed by Sarah Palin, allegedly drove Komen’s decision last week to halt grants to Planned Parenthood, which were used to pay for breast exams for low-income women. An inside source at Komen has told the Huffington Post that Karen Handel herself came up with the plan of how to stop the funding: blame it on an “investigation” by an anti-abortion politician into whether Planned Parenthood uses public money to pay for abortions, which is illegal. Susan G. Komen for the Cure was swiftly rebuked last week for halting the grants and announced two days later the current grants would continue. [Huffington Post]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is launching a Women In Public Service Project (WPSP) at five women’s colleges — Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley — to get more women working in public service and create a 50/50 parity by 2050. [Women's Media Center] Keep reading »
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