Category Archives: Marriage and Family

El Salvador’s Cruel and Despicable War on Women

Last year, a 19-year-old woman went to a public hospital in El Salvador, bleeding and in terrible pain. Doctors told her she had a miscarriage. She hadn’t even known she was pregnant. Within four days, the hospital had reported her … Continue reading

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In Orthodox Jewish Kidnapping Case, Community Must Share Blame

Two Orthodox Jewish rabbis from Brooklyn are facing federal kidnapping charges after allegedly agreeing to kidnap and torture husbands who refused to grant their wives a “get”–a document that essentially frees the woman from her husband, allowing her to remarry without … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Gay Marriage Rulings Bring Out the Crazy on the Right

Last week the Supreme Court delivered twin rulings on gay rights, striking down the section of DOMA relating to federal benefits for same-sex couples, and letting stand a lower court ruling that found California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Of course, right-wing … Continue reading

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10 Years After Lawrence v. Texas, Supreme Court Issues Another Landmark Gay Rights Ruling

In a historic ruling today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, while avoiding a larger ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. The court ruled 5-4 that Section 3 of the Defense of … Continue reading

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Sex Is Not a Contract: The Case Against Compulsory Parenthood

Should a man who accidentally impregnates a woman be compelled to financially support the resulting child? That’s the question that Laurie Shrage, a professor of philosophy and women’s studies at Florida International University, asks in an essay for The New York … Continue reading

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Democrats Throw Gays and Lesbians Under the Bus to Appease GOP Bigots

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has withdrawn an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would have granted gay and lesbians the same rights to sponsor foreign partners that married heterosexuals currently have. As Immigration Equality explains it on the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

After passing both houses of the state legislature, a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota was signed into law Tuesday afternoon by Governor Mark Dayton. Thousands gathered outside the State Capitol in St. Paul to witness the signing of the bill, after … Continue reading

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Some Democrats Still Refusing to Back Same-Sex Marriage

As the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, marriage equality has more political momentum that even before. More and more prominent Republicans are coming out in favor of gay marriage, and among young Republicans supporters even appear to outnumber opponents. Given the … Continue reading

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Gandhi Was Wrong About Birth Control

Salon.com has posted an essay Mahatma Gandhi wrote about birth control in 1939, and sadly this essay shows that Gandhi was no more enlightened than the average person of that time period (at least when it came to women’s reproductive … Continue reading

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Rand Paul Doesn’t “Understand” Gay Marriage. What’s To Understand?

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) gave an interview to Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association today, and, seeing as this is the same Bryan Fischer who thinks that pedophiles will take over the Boy Scouts if the group’s ban on … Continue reading

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