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Marriage Equality: Where Do Marriage Promotion Policies Fit?


by MELANIE HEATH, NYU Press blog


The debate over marriage equality for lesbians and gay men is once again taking shape to be a hot item in this election year. A number of events have put the issue in the spotlight. The Washington state legislature passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage, the legislature in Maryland followed suit, and Chris Christie vetoed a same-sex marriage bill in New Jersey. While voters in Maine will consider whether to legalize same-sex marriage, those in North Carolina and Minnesota will consider referendums this year on constitutional amendments to ban it. Soon, there will be a decision in the federal appeals court hearing on whether to uphold a lower court’s decision that a section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.


While marriage equality remains a topic of public debate, and marriage is illegal for lesbians and gay men in most states, more issues are at stake than generally acknowledged in the discussion. In fact, a number of recent laws and policies pose an additional challenge to end the types of discrimination based on legal marriage. These laws specify terms for a new direction in public policy to promote heterosexual marriage as a route out of poverty and off welfare.


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If It’s Sunday, It’s Meet The Republican White Men

If It’s Sunday, It’s Meet The Republican White Men | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ADAM PECK, Think Progress

 

An exhaustive new study by media watchdog Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting shows that the Sunday morning talk shows have been dominated over the last eight months by white, Republican men.


Between June 2011 and February of this year, 70 percent of all one-on-one interviewees on the four biggest political talk shows — NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday — were Republicans. The numbers were even more lopsided in favor of men and white guests:

 

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Obama to Award Medal of Freedom to Coach Summitt

Obama to Award Medal of Freedom to Coach Summitt | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON, WSJ Washington Wire

President Barack Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Patricia “Pat” Summitt. Ms. Summitt, holds the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s all-time record for most wins, but it is her battle against Alzheimer’s that Mr. Obama cited as an “inspiration.”  [MORE]

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INTERVIEW: Jacqui Alexander - Perspectives, Black Feminist Lesbian

INTERVIEW: Jacqui Alexander - Perspectives, Black Feminist Lesbian | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

JACQUI ALEXANDER via AfroLez®femcentric via NEO•GRIOT


Black Feminist Lesbian writer/scholar/activist/conjurer M. Jacqui Alexander on  Signified  … As Always, Jacqui breaks it down in a deeply spiritual and metaphysical way. The story includes several short videos and link to her paper “Colonialism and its Contemporaries: Feminist Reflections on the State of War and the Meaning of Solidarity".


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Florida didn't save money by drug testing welfare recipients, data show

Florida didn't save money by drug testing welfare recipients, data show | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BRITTANY DAVIS, 

The Miami Harold Blog via Naked Politics


Required drug tests for people seeking welfare benefits ended up costing taxpayers more than it saved and failed to curb the number of prospective applicants, data used against the state in an ongoing legal battle shows.


The findings — that only 108 of the 4,086 people who took a drug test failed — are additional ammunition for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which sued the state and won a temporary ban on the drug-testing program in October, said ACLU spokesman Derek Newton.


The state's net loss? $45,780.

"That's not counting attorneys and court fees and the thousands of hours of staff time it took to implement this policy," Newton said.


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Minnesota House and Senate Pass New Rules On Telemed Abortions and Clinic Licensing

Minnesota House and Senate Pass New Rules On Telemed Abortions and Clinic Licensing | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


Minnesota Republicans are jumping on the anti-choice bandwagon and have passed two new bills designed to add more burdensome regulation on abortion providers.


The Republican dominated House voted overwhelmingly to make it a felony to dispense RU-486 without a doctor in the room, and that the doctor must be present when it is ingested as well.


The new regulations on RU-486 are in reaction to a new clinic in Rochester that was providing "telemed" abortions to other clinics in more remote areas of the state that did not have available abortion providers. If the bill becomes law, the felony charges would cut off most rural women from being able to obtain an abortion without being forced to travel to one of the large metro areas to find a provider.


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Drug testing for welfare bill may be narrowed

Drug testing for welfare bill may be narrowed | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CHAS SISK, The Tennessean


Tennessee lawmakers are revising a bill that would require welfare recipients to take drug tests in an attempt to improve its chances of holding up in court.


The bill’s sponsors are working to limit the circumstances in which applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would have to submit to a drug test following two opinions from the state attorney general that across-the-board testing would not stand up to a court challenge.


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Gov. Rick Scott's policies could benefit his family's $62M investment

Gov. Rick Scott's policies could benefit his family's $62M investment | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KRIS HUNDLEY, 

St Petersburg Times via MiamiHerald.com


Florida Gov.Rick Scott has aggressively pursued policies like testing state workers and welfare recipients for drugs, switching Medicaid patients to private HMOs and shrinking public health clinics.


If you have a $62 million investment, representing the biggest single chunk of your $218 million in wealth, and you put it in a trust under your wife's name, does that mean you're no longer involved in the company?


Florida Gov. Rick Scott says it does.


Scott has aggressively pursued policies like testing state workers and welfare recipients for drugs, switching Medicaid patients to private HMOs and shrinking public health clinics. All these changes could benefit that $62 million investment, but Scott sees no legal conflict between his public role and private investments.

And, experts say, under Florida law he is correct.


A few days before he took office in January, Scott moved his shares in Solantic Corp., a chain of 32 urgent care centers, to the Frances Annette Scott Revocable Trust. Scott co-founded Solantic in 2001 and was involved in its operation until last year. His wife's trust now holds enough stock in the private company to control it.


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Florida didn't save money by drug testing welfare recipients, data show

Florida didn't save money by drug testing welfare recipients, data show | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BRITTANY DAVIS, 

The Miami Harold Blog via Naked Politics


Required drug tests for people seeking welfare benefits ended up costing taxpayers more than it saved and failed to curb the number of prospective applicants, data used against the state in an ongoing legal battle shows.


The findings — that only 108 of the 4,086 people who took a drug test failed — are additional ammunition for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which sued the state and won a temporary ban on the drug-testing program in October, said ACLU spokesman Derek Newton.


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Women Sentors Urge Support For Bill To Protect Women From Domestic Violence

by SENATE DEMOCRATS, YouTube


Democratic senators Patty Murray, Dianne Feinstein and Jeanne Shaheen call on Republicans to join in supporting the reauthorization of The Violence Against Women Act.  [MORE]

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Lunch With Louden Thursday Noon PT / 3 ET

Lunch With Louden Thursday Noon PT / 3 ET | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Note the new time: Noon Pacific and 3pm Eastern. We are on the air a half an hour later to fit your lunch hour west coaster, and coffe break with you on the east coast

Why is the Coffee Party participating in the Rally Against the War Against Women? All the hosts on Coffee Talk Radio are giving people the opportunity to talk about their events and this show is no exception.

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Domestic-Violence Bill Keeps Focus on Women

Domestic-Violence Bill Keeps Focus on Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Renewal of a law designed to protect women is shaping up as the next front in the contest for women's votes.
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Tax Day Demonstration at Grover Norquist's Lobbying Office

by RHETT REBOLD,  YouTube

A great crowd showed up outside of the offices of Grover Norquist's lobbying organization in NW Washington, DC. There were compelling speeches given by members of the 99% and the patriotic 1%. This is a bit of a rough cut - more editing will come later.

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Feminst Buttons

Feminst Buttons | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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Violence against women is no ‘women’s issue’

Violence against women is no ‘women’s issue’ | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by RITU SHARMA, Politco


Violence against women is not just an extreme human rights violation. It’s a public health epidemic and a barrier to solving global challenges like extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and international conflict. It is also just plain expensive.


Enlisting men and boys on this issue has proved to lower the rates of violence against women. In fact, changing the attitudes that allow violence against women and girls to go unchecked requires that men be part of the change.


Men must become allies — not just perpetrators to be put away.


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Our Senate, bitterly divided on just about every issue, is poised for one bipartisan agreement: reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. And men are crucial to this outcome. Fifteen of the Senate’s 17 women are on board.

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Another 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Gains Momentum

Another 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Gains Momentum | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by NICK WING, The Huffington Post


A bill in Missouri meant to eliminate any mention of sexual orientation in the state's public schools advanced to committee on Thursday after a first reading.


The Vital Voice notes that apart from being a direct move to squelch discussion of gay issues and sexuality, the bill would "keep Gay-Straight Alliances from meeting on school grounds as approved extracurricular entities."


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FCC asks Supreme Court to uphold fine for Super Bowl 'wardrobe malfunction' - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

FCC asks Supreme Court to uphold fine for Super Bowl 'wardrobe malfunction' - The Hill's Hillicon Valley | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Are we really still talking about this?  I know some folks are outraged about seeing breasts, but really, they are just mammary glands that feed babies.  (And some people like to look at for other reasons.)  The "malfunction" lasted less than one second EIGHT YEARS AGO.  


Message to FCC...we have more important issues to deal with today.  My priority, would be requiring disclaimers between NEWS and OPINION, FACT and FICTION (aka I made this up). Confusion created by broadcasters is causing much more damage to our country than a woman's breast seen 8 years ago and endlessly available on the internet today.  


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Coffee Connect Newsletter • April 19, '12

Coffee Connect Newsletter • April 19, '12 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The Coffee Party Newsletter Is Out!

  • TAX DAY RALLY — Grover got the message now let's take it to Congress! —by Will Rice
  • UNITE AGAINST THE "WAR ON WOMEN" —by Egberto Willies
  • BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO KNOW —by Jeanene Louden
  • BE A COFFEE PARTY RADIO PRODUCER —by Billy Sears  [MORE]

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Welfare drug testing laws gain momentum

Welfare drug testing laws gain momentum | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ELIZABETH STUART, Deseret News


Utah was the first to make it law in 2012, but half the country is considering proposals that require welfare recipients to pass drug tests.


Twenty-five states are looking at making drug testing part of the application process for the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Several states have proposed extending the requirement to recipients of Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps). Two states, Ohio and Tennessee, are considering denying or restricting welfare to those convicted of drug felonies.


USA Today's editorial board countered by ripping apart Arizona's testing program, which was implemented on a trial basis in 2009. Of the 87,000 people subjected to the program so far, just one tested positive.


Critics say the drug testing laws are a result of stereotyping the poor.


"Suggesting that they are drug users or otherwise worthy of suspicion unfairly singles the group out for disdain," wrote Joy Moses, Senior Policy Analyst with the Poverty and Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. "And it opens the door to cutting funds that provide basic subsistence to vulnerable children and their mothers."


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Oklahoma legislators kill provision to drug test politicians

Oklahoma legislators kill provision to drug test politicians | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ERIC DOLAN, The Raw Story


The Oklahoma Senate has dropped legislation that would require politicians throughout the state to be drug tested along with people receiving temporary public assistance.


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[The people who can afford drugs are not tested. The people who cannot afford drugs are tested. I have a bridge for sale.... JKL]

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Georgia welfare law requires drug test to receive aid

Georgia welfare law requires drug test to receive aid | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DAVID BEASLEY, Reuters


Low-income adults seeking public assistance in Georgia will have to pass a drug test before receiving benefits under a measure signed by Governor Nathan Deal on Monday, making it the latest state to push through the controversial testing requirement.


Supporters of the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act said it is designed to ensure that welfare payments, called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, are not "diverted to illicit drug use."


The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia opposed the drug-testing requirement and believes it is unconstitutional, Executive Director Debbie Seagraves said on Tuesday. There is no evidence that welfare recipients are any more likely than other groups to use illegal drugs, she said.


"You're taking a group of people and basically profiling them," Seagraves said.


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Open Letter To All WOMEN and Men In Texas. Unite Against War On Women Rally In Austin A Must

Open Letter To All WOMEN and Men In Texas. Unite Against War On Women Rally In Austin A Must | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by EGBERTO WILLIES, Coffee Party USA


It is not necessary for me to tell anyone what our legislature has done this session. There is something very interesting that one must note with the draconian cuts in our school budget, the invasion of women’s bodies, the cuts in medical care, and all the other cuts too numerous to document, they disproportionately affect women.

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Gay Iowa Teen Takes Own Life After Bullying

Gay Iowa Teen Takes Own Life After Bullying | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JULIE BOLCER, The Advocate


Kenneth Weishuhn, a high school freshman in Paullina, Iowa, took his own life Saturday after being bullied by classmates at school and online, and with death threats by phone.


KTIV reports on the death of Weishuhn, who was 14 and attended South O’Brien High School in O’Brien County. His sister Kayla said that friends at the school “turned on him” after he told them he was gay last month, and boys in her sophomore class started the bullying.


“She says they took their teases online, to websites like Facebook, creating a hate group against gays and adding Kenneth's friends as members,” according to KTIV. “However, it was only the beginning, family say he started receiving death threats from South O'Brien students on his phone.”


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Snarky Palindrome

Snarky Palindrome | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by RODNEY SHELTON

I want this to be my T-shirt at the Rally Against the War on Women! JKL

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I Know a Lot About Welfare Mothers

I Know a Lot About Welfare Mothers | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by HAPPY IN NM, Daily Kos

When I was going through my divorce, my daughter and I went to LA for my mother's 70th birthday celebration. While we were gone, my husband closed our business. The office had been emptied of everything. He also took whatever money was in the business account, which was the only account we had. I had nothing, except a place to live until the bills came due. I also had one 6 year old daughter who was inclined to eat periodically. My parents were living exclusively on Social Security, so they could offer little financial help. With few choices and much trepidation  [MORE]

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Jessica English's comment, April 18, 2012 9:06 PM
Thank you for sharing this article. I think it is so important to share experiences of real people, and not the oft touted fiction that passes for fair and balanced news in other parts.