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Senate puts members on record for or against Obama law requiring free birth ... - Washington Post

Senate puts members on record for or against Obama law requiring free birth ... - Washington Post | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
Senate puts members on record for or against Obama law requiring free birth ...Washington PostRoy Blunt of Missouri that would allow employers and insurers to opt out of provisions in Obama's health care law to which they object on religious or...
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Ohio Abortion Access Suffers 'Death By A Thousand Cuts'

Ohio Abortion Access Suffers 'Death By A Thousand Cuts' | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
While Texas lawmakers are passing sweeping laws that shut down multiple abortion providers at a time, Ohio is taking a quieter but potentially more effective approach to cutting off access to safe and legal abortion.

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Whose faith wins? Keeping religion out of the law - Open Democracy

Whose faith wins? Keeping religion out of the law - Open Democracy | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
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Whose faith wins? Keeping religion out of the law Open Democracy Religion may help to control behavior and justify human worth and dignity, but in Nigeria, the co-existence of Sharia law with English Common Law has had serious human...
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US nuns to honor feminist theologian while keeping politics at bay

US nuns to honor feminist theologian while keeping politics at bay | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A top Vatican official warned the nuns in April that honoring Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a longtime Fordham University professor, would be considered provoking the Holy See and U.S.
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France passes sweeping gender-equality law - Al Jazeera America

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France passes sweeping gender-equality law
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France passed a sweeping gender-equality law this week that eases current restrictions on abortion, encourages paternity leave and promotes gender parity at home and in the workplace.
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Everything You Need To Know About The 4 Gay Marriage Cases Before Federal Appeals Court

Everything You Need To Know About The 4 Gay Marriage Cases Before Federal Appeals Court | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday on six gay marriage fights from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriag...
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Gender identity: Not a choice - hays Post

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Gender identity: Not a choice
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In these last 50 years, scientists have learned that the development of both our gender and our sexual identity is a complex process.
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How a Media Myth Helped Close Half of Texas Women's Health Clinics 1 Year Later

How a Media Myth Helped Close Half of Texas Women's Health Clinics 1 Year Later | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
The myth of the unsafe clinics was created by anti-choice activists, and the media accepted and repeated it.
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Don't use religion as a cover for discrimination - Jackson Clarion Ledger

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Don't use religion as a cover for discrimination Jackson Clarion Ledger Mississippi's so-called “religious liberty” bill was completely unnecessary as — contrary to those who claim it is needed — there is no assault on Christianity, which continues...
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Nigeria girl faces murder trial over forced marriage

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A Nigerian court on Monday postponed the murder trial of a 14-year-old girl accused of poisoning the 35-year-old man she was forced to marry, a case that has thrown the spotlight on the influence of Islamic law in region.
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When enforcing gender norms turns violent - PBS NewsHour

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Tutera has been the victim of gender policing, the act of imposing or enforcing gender roles based on an individual's perceived sex.
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A Technicality, Not a Change of Heart, Defeated Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

A Technicality, Not a Change of Heart, Defeated Uganda's Anti-Gay Law | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it

Uganda's horrible law punishing "aggravated homosexuality" has been ruled illegal — not because anyone had a change of heart, but thanks to a procedural technicality. 

 

The Constitutional Court ruled that a law passed earlier this year punishing "aggravated homosexuality" and the "promotion of homosexuality" with life imprisonment is illegal. According to the BBC, the law was annulled because not enough members of parliament were present to vote for the bill. "The speaker was obliged to ensure that there was a quorum," the court ruling reads. "We come to the conclusion that she acted illegally."


The ruling was in response to a case filed by activists who argued the law was passed illegally and violated discrimination protections in the country's constitution, according to ABC News. The court said that since the law was passed illegally in the first place, it wouldn't rule on whether it was discriminatory. 

 

This is just a small step for human rights in Uganda. The February anti-homosexuality law only increased punishment on existing laws — being gay is still illegal. The annulled law was just more detailed: "aggravated homosexuality" included having sex while HIV-positive and was punishable with life imprisonment, and promoting homosexuality could get 5-7 years in prison. 

 

The ruling also doesn't reflect a change in the way Ugandans view homosexuality. Supporters of the law argued that this was the West pushing its ideas on the country — several western countries withdrew aid after the ruling. That argument is ironic,considering it was American evangelicals who helped craft the law in the first place. 


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Hobby Lobby Backfires As Satanic Temple Demands a Religious ...

Hobby Lobby Backfires As Satanic Temple Demands a Religious ... | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
According to the Satanists, “what's good for contraceptives, is good for anti-abortion laws,” and they are rightly concerned that their members, and women in general, are victims of several state laws requiring physicians to force women ...
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Gay rights activists in China sue over electric shock therapy - Concord Monitor

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Aljazeera.com Gay rights activists in China sue over electric shock therapy Concord Monitor Gay rights activists in China sued a counseling center yesterday for its offers to cure homosexuality through “gay conversion therapy” – the first lawsuit...
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Grace Mugabe enters Zanu-PF politics

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The wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has entered politics after being endorsed to become head of the ruling Zanu-PF party's women's league.


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ISIS Extremists To Impregnate Yazidis Women To Destroy Their Blonde DNA - Hollywood Life

ISIS Extremists To Impregnate Yazidis Women To Destroy Their Blonde DNA - Hollywood Life | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
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ISIS extremists have vowed to impregnate the 300 Yazidi women they kidnapped in hopes of breaking their bloodlines and removing their Aryan DNA.
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Sister Elizabeth Johnson: The waste of time on this investigation is unconscionable

Sister Elizabeth Johnson: The waste of time on this investigation is unconscionable | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theology professor at Fordham University, accepted the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' top award and then lambasted bishops saying its investigation of the nuns was wasteful.
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Meet The 13-Year-Old Girl Who Just Pitched Her Team To The Little League World Series

Meet The 13-Year-Old Girl Who Just Pitched Her Team To The Little League World Series | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
Mo'Ne Davis boasts a 70 mile-per-hour fastball and pitched a complete game shutout to lead her team to the Little League World Series.
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Should domestic violence services be gender neutral? - The Guardian

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Many of the women we help would not leave their abusive relationship if the only option was going to a gender-neutral refuge.
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Why abortion 'patient safety' laws may actually hurt women - Washington Post (blog)

Why abortion 'patient safety' laws may actually hurt women - Washington Post (blog) | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
Why abortion 'patient safety' laws may actually hurt women
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For the second time in a matter of days, a federal court on Monday rejected a state law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
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George Will: Identity Politics for Me, Not for Thee - Slate Magazine (blog)

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Slate Magazine (blog) George Will: Identity Politics for Me, Not for Thee Slate Magazine (blog) Sherrod Brown won't be considered because the Democratic Party's activist core is incurably devoted to identity politics — the proposition that people...
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Hedge Funds Run by Women Outperform Those Run by Men

Hedge Funds Run by Women Outperform Those Run by Men | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
This morning, the Wall Street Journal reported on funds that choose to tie their fates to the performance of companies led by women.
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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy: ‘The Lord told me’ to fight a ‘civil war’ with federal agents

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy: ‘The Lord told me’ to fight a ‘civil war’ with federal agents | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
Anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy explained to members of the Independent American Party (IAP) over the weekend how God had guided him into a showdown with armed federal agents in Nevada earlier this year.
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Violent, Genocidal Anti-Palestinian Rhetoric Moving to US? | Religion Dispatches

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Gay Rights... and Why They Should Just Be Called Rights

Gay Rights... and Why They Should Just Be Called Rights | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
Gay Rights. It's a touchy subject for a lot of people in America. Mostly because being homosexual has been perpetuated as wrong and immoral pretty much since the beginning of time. Ever since whoever...
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The Gay Advocates of Gun Rights

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Four years ago, Chris Cheng—a Chinese-Japanese-Cuban-American Google employee—started watching Top Shot, a History Channel reality show where contestants shoot their way through a series of complex competitions.
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