Monthly Archives: May 2009

Secretary Clinton Committed to Benefits for Same-sex Partners

Following up on our earlier post about Rep. Berman’s proposed legislation to extend benefits to the same-sex partners of officers in the U.S. Foreign Service, we learn that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is on the same track. The … Continue reading

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Judge Sotomayor nominated to Supreme Court

This morning, President Obama announced the nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Sotomayor, 54, would replace Justice David Souter, who recently announced his retirement after 19 years of service. Sotomayor would be … Continue reading

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Proposed Marriage Amendment in PA Legislature

Equality Advocates Pennsylvania has brought to our attention some PA state legislators’ intention to introduce a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman, in contrast to other states which are working toward marriage … Continue reading

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Female Athletes Compete with the Boys – and Win

Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, athletic opportunities for women and girls have increased exponentially. As a result, young women have had the opportunity to excel in athletics and expand their educational opportunities. Sisters Karli and Tanya Timko … Continue reading

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The Effects of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on the U.S. Military

On March 19, 2009, Rachel Maddow interviewed Dan Choi, an infantry leader in the New York National Guard, on her MSNBC show. Choi graduated from West Point, served in Iraq, is an Arabic language specialist, and is gay. He openly … Continue reading

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Same-sex Benefits on the Way for State Department Employees

U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has introduced legislation to improve the State Department, including extending benefits for same-sex partners of American Foreign Service officers. Currently, benefits are only extended to spouses and children … Continue reading

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Update: Texas Rape Survivors NOT Charged for Rape Kits

Earlier, we blogged about reports that Texas rape survivors were being charged for rape kits to collect forensic evidence. Statements from the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault have clarified the situation and it is … Continue reading

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Rape Survivors Billed for Rape Kits

ETA: Please see our updated post here. This blog post was based on erroneous reports. Texas rape survivors are not being charged for their rape kits. Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was widely criticized for a policy in her town … Continue reading

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Why the Current Health Care System Does Not Work for Women

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a report on how the health care system fails women. The report, also available in PDF version here, extensively and concisely details the many barriers women face in obtaining health care. … Continue reading

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WLP on Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Title IX Audit

The Pittsburgh public school system is currently undergoing a Title IX audit to determine if its schools offer an equally fulfilling athletic life to the city’s girls as they do to its boys. Women’s Law Project Program Assistant Christina Cann … Continue reading

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