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Awwwwwww!

It wasn’t a wonderful week, but we did have a couple of very good things happen in the area of  LGBT rights. So let’s celebrate like it’s 1996, and we still had jobs and a great President and First Lady. (Wistful sigh.)

ANYhoo, a San Francisco Appeals Court ruled on Tuesday that the odious Proposition 8 is unConstitutional. Yeah, baby, yeah!

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals revoked Prop. 8 in a 2-1 ruling on the grounds that the law was largely based upon a moral disdain for homosexual activity, rather than any legitimate concerns regarding the social ramifications of same-sex marriage. According to the court majority, the bill violated basic rights to equality with no demonstrated reason.

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples,” said Judge Stephen Reinhardt in the majority opinion. “The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.”

Prop. 8 repealed a decision, six months prior, by the California Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in the state; the 2008 proposition passed with a 52 percent backing, but its legitimacy has been fiercely contested in the ensuing four years. Tuesday’s ruling upheld a 2010 decision in which a lower court declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional. Opponents of same-sex marriage plan to combat the ruling, meaning that the issue will be passed on to still higher courts and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court.

I actually like the chances of same-sex marriage if it gets to the Supreme Court. Call me crazy, but I think the pendulum has swung on this one. And after all, as my friend says, “Nobody dies when two people get married,” unlike when wimminz get abortions.

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I haven’t done any LGBT news on Feminist Friday in a while, so I am happy to have something good to report: Washington may just be the seventh state to jump on the marriage equality bandwagon. Even a couple of Republicans are taking the leap. Golly, didn’t they get the memo that same-sex marriage will lead to bestiality and polygamy, according to Sanctum Sanctorum and other experts on Teh Jeebus?

– Two Republicans come out for marriage: Sen. Cheryl Pflug (R) joins state Sen. Steve Litzow (R) to become the second Republican to support same-sex marriage. “I do not feel diminishedby having another human being experience the same freedom I am entitled to exercise. I would feel diminished by denying another human the ability to exercise those same rights and freedoms,” she said in a statement.

– Republican AG candidate supports marriage: Republican Attorney General candidate Reagan Dunn says he will back efforts to legalize same-sex marriage, joining Democratic challenger Bob Ferguson, who already supports the initiative.

– Largest county endorses marriage: All five Democrats and three of the four Republicans on the King County Council endorsed the marriage equality bill. King is the most populous county in Washington.

– Tacoma City Council to vote on marriage: Councilman Ryan Mello announced that he “will be introducing an amendment to our State legislative agenda to indicate Tacoma’s full support for marriage equality in Washington in this short session.”

Woot woot! Hooray for W.A.!

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It’s a miracle, Widdershins! I didn’t know that IQs below zero were possible, but it appears that the progressive appetite for firsts remains un-sated. Amazingly, some are now arguing that we should elect Ron Paul in 2012. Iowa Obamatrons “strategically” caucused for Paul on Tuesday evening, and the candidate himself brags that his supporters are mostly under 30. For a concrete example, take a look at website for “progressives” dedicated to the self-professed libertarian who doesn’t believe in personal liberty for wimminz!

This blog, written by a progressive who still hopes for change, seeks to persuade readers that the progressive agenda has been put on hold until 2016 except that by electing Ron Paul in 2012, we end endless wars and bring troops home to eventually have resources to build the peaceful green economy.

Uh, whaaaaaa? I’m all for ending the wars (yes, yes, 1000 times yes), but resources to “build the peaceful green economy” don’t need to be provided by our troops. Unfortunately, we have tens of millions of unemployed Americans who could be building said economy right now, if only our august public servants would channel FDR instead of  J. Pierpont Morgan. Sadly, what is lacking is not resources but political will, and that doesn’t exist within our current Democratic or Republican Parties. In case these marginally informed “progressives” have forgotten, Ron Paul is a member of the Republican Party – and one so right-wing that he thinks dismantling the federal government is the only way to save it. What a brilliant ally for the cause!

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I can’t believe it, Widdershins. Another year is ending…and somehow, unbelievably, we have almost made it through George W. Bush’s third term in office. I could not, COULD NOT have done it without each and every one of you. Many, many thanks!

Good thing that none of the stuff we feared about Obama’s presidency actually came true! I mean, we are totally out of Afghanistan, we’ve prosecuted the Bushies for torture, lying us into war, and spying on U.S. citizens; we’ve correctly diagnosed the causes of, and remediated, the recession/depression/whatevah; the financial fraudsters are all in jail; we’ve created 12 million jobs; the Democratic Party is stronger than ever and is well on the way to totally crushing the lunatic fringe into irrelevance; and last but not least, Obama really, really cares about women’s rights. Thank goodness we rushed to the polls for him so now the wingnuts can’t touch us!

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Okay, so we were right about everything, yada yada, snore, snore. At least now, we have some high-profile company on wimminz’ rights issues.

The Obama administration’s recent actions restricting access to birth control are both bad policy and bad politics.

Women were shocked and infuriated over Secretary Sebelius’s unprecedented overruling of the FDA’s determination that Plan B is safe and effective and should be available over the counter with no age restriction. The secretary’s decision was baldly political, in stark contrast to the FDA decision, which was based on sound science and voluminous evidence.

Earlier this fall, Sebelius inserted a dangerous clause into HHS regulations, allowing some religious organizations to exclude contraception from their employees’ health insurance coverage.  NOW believes such clauses are unlawful and unconstitutional. We know they are harmful to women. But President Obama is actually considering caving in to demands of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to expand this so-called employer’s ‘conscience clause’ — as if an institution could have a conscience!

According to a national exit poll, Obama won 56 percent of the women’s vote in the 2008 election, 13 points more than his Republican opponent. Women supported President Obama because we believed that he would stand up for women’s rights. If his re-election team thinks it’s good politics to restrict access to birth control, he needs to fire them immediately. Only the hopelessly clueless could believe that women will enthusiastically support a president or any politician who restricts access to birth control.

Yes, can you believe it? The delicate ladies of NOW are actually threatening Mr. “this is what a feminist looks like” with withdrawing their votes! Dear heavens, where is my fainting couch?!

In all seriousness, it seems there isn’t much to look forward to for women in 2012. It’s not as though we will have a choice between a “fierce advocate” for the ERA and an evil Snidely Whiplash who will tie us to the railroad tracks if we don’t hand over our uterii to the Catholic/Mormon/Protestant Church(es). Both Barack Obama and the Republican Party’s certain nominee, Mitt “Magic Underwear” Romney, are equally indifferent to the plight of women who can’t access health care for the “naughty” halves of their bodies. So, it’s “abandon hope, all ye who enter here” time. Right?

Well, maybe not.

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It’s almost Christmas, partially through Chanukkah, and close to Kwanzaa. So it seems appropriate on Feminist Friday to reflect on the amazing gifts that women have given us this year. I know you all will have your favorites, so I’m going to channel Chatblu and just pick a few to get you started.

#1: Thank you, Hillary Clinton. Not only has she raised her own profile by being possibly the most widely-traveled, best-liked and most influential Secretary of State in the history of our country, but she has tirelessly, fearlessly and constantly promoted the importance of including women in all aspects of government. For example, on December 15, the day that Barack Obama gave up all pretense of vetoing the NDAA, what was Hillary doing? Launching the Women in Public Service Project in partnership with the Seven Sister Schools (one of which is her alma mater, Wellesley). Here’s what she says about the organization.

“We Must Support the Rise of Women Leaders”

“Women have to be part of the future. And it’s imperative that as constitutions are created, as political parties are organized, as elections are waged and won, nobody can claim a democratic future if half the population is marginalized or even prevented from participating,” said Secretary Clinton. “We must support the rise of women leaders because frankly, they are more likely to have firsthand knowledge and understanding of the challenges women face. This is going to require legal change, it’s going to require political will, and it’s going to require cultural and behavioral changes.”

Hillary truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Does anyone doubt that she will rise to even further heights in 2012? I don’t. We all know where we’d like her to rise, don’t we? Oh, Santa, Flying Spaghetti Monster and Yahweh, please grant us this wish…;-) 😉

#2: Thank you, Blogsisters! From our wondrous Widdershins Chatblu and Pat Johnson, and our long-absent, much-missed La-t-da; to  the originator of PUMA, SM77; to our valued friend and contributor Blue Lyon; to Dakinikat, Minkoff Minx, Boston Boomer and the other divine divas at Sky Dancing; to Uppity, Lorac, NES and all the Uppityites; to Still4Hill and Not Your Sweetie; to all our faithful female commenters, well…are we lucky, or what? Thank you all for everything. (And boys, you know that we love you too – it’s just that it’s Feminist Friday! Bear with me!)

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A thought-provoking email arrived in my Inbox a few days ago. From Change.org (the petition site that helped can Satoshi Kanazawa for his racist, sexist statements about black women being “empirically” less attractive than people of other skin tones), the subject line read, “Benched for Being a Girl?” Intrigued, I opened it and read the fascinating story of a girl who made the high school football team…the all-MALE high school football team…and who is, of all things, a linebacker. Saints preserve us!

On Thursday, October 6, 2011, Mina Johnson sat out of Southampton Academy’s junior varsity football game because their opponent, Northeast Academy, threatened to forfeit if a girl played. At 5’2″ and 170-pounds, Mina is a starting linebacker for the Southampton Academy Raiders. She is also an honor-roll student and is quite formidable on the football field, having sacked Rocky Mount’s quarterback four times during a 30-24 win on Sept. 22.

This petition was started by members of the U.S. women’s national tackle football team to show support for Mina Johnson, her coach and team, and the multitude of girls and women who face discrimination in the sport of tackle football.

Northeast Academy is part of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, which prohibits “participation by boys in girls’ sports and girls in boys’ sports in any event hosted and/or sponsored by any NCISAA school.” This petition is to tell the NCISAA to adhere to the spirit of Title IX calling for equal opportunity in sports, by changing NCISAA policy to allow girls and boys to play together when only one team exists for a given sport — as Mina’s own school allows her to.

Well, butter my britches and call me a biscuit, that just ain’t right! Shame on you, Northeast Academy. Or should I say, “Bless your hearts?”

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Okay, I’ll just finally come out and say it: What’s in the OWS movement for women?

I can’t help asking questions like this. It’s just the way I think: Women first. Like Hillary Clinton and her Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer, I don’t believe that any movement for social or economic justice can hold the moral high ground while leaving the majority of the population (i.e., wimminz) behind. Like Ms. Verveer, I don’t see the “Arab Spring” as the unqualified win for progressive values that so many in Blogistan seem to, and for much the same reasons.

As portions of the Arab world struggle to extinguish decades of oppression and dictorial [sic] rule, the rights and opportunities for women in these societies stand at a delicate precipice, State Department officials told a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee Wednesday.

“This is not a favor to women, it is not simply a nice thing to do,” Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, said at a hearing called to examine the role of women in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

“No country can get ahead when it leaves half of its people behind,” and does not allow women an opportunity to participate in the economic development of their societies, she said.

Verveer said Tunisia, with its long history of women’s rights enshrined in its constitution, and strong middle class shows great promise. With its first election recently since the revolution in which close to a quarter of the seats in Parliament were won by women, Verveer said it would be interesting to see the role women play in pushing the Tunisia forward.

On the other hand, Egypt is “extremely complicated and worrisome,” Verveer said, with no women included on the committee that drafted Egypt’s transitional constitutional declaration, and only one female member serving in the cabinet.

Verveer also pointed out that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has not appointed any female governors, and said some conservative and political forces are calling for a rollback on women’s rights in the more open political environment.

I do firmly believe that economic justice is a feminist issue, but I will add one very large caveat: even if we break the chains of the incestuous relationship between Wall Street and Washington, women will still have a long way to go before they even make the same amount of money men do for doing the same jobs…and even if that miracle happens, we’ll STILL have to struggle to be considered equal to men in the law of the land. (Mein Gott in Himmel, TUNISIA includes women in its Constitution, and we don’t!) Thus, economic justice for women means much more than revoking corporate personhood, establishing public-only financing for elections, busting up the big banks, or any of the other laudable goals associated with Occupy Wall Street.

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