By SAMUEL HUBER
March 6, 2012
Perhaps the most surprising news of the past week is that Rush Limbaugh is still able to surprise us with his tastelessness — Limbaugh hit a new low when he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified before Congress in support of reproductive health care for women. While Limbaugh has yet to offer anything close to a genuine apology (and here comes the Good News, we promise), Georgetown President John J. DeGioia restored some faith in the power of “civil discourse” in his eloquent defense of Fluke, issued to the entire Georgetown community and published online for the rest of us to read and applaud.
A bill to bar a woman’s possession of condoms from being used against her in court as evidence of prostitution has been introduced into the New York state legislature. This is the fourteenth year that the bill has been reintroduced, and it has more support than ever.
The Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed employers to deny coverage of health services on moral or religious grounds, has been tabled by the Senate.
Marriage equality roundup: Governor Martin O’Malley signed Maryland’s same-sex marriage bill into law last Thursday, making this the eighth state to do so. Read the Governor’s reflections on the bill’s passage over at HuffPo. On the opposite coast, a newly released Field Poll shows that 59% of California voters support same-sex marriage, the most in thirty-five years. In anticipation of September’s Democratic National Convention, twenty-two Senators from across the country are calling for the addition of marriage equality to the official Democratic Party platform.
In case you missed last weekend’s live streaming, you can now watch a star-studded production of Dustin Lane Black’s play about the Proposition 8 trial on YouTube.
Join Gender Across Borders and CARE for their Third Annual Blog for International Women’s Day on March 8. Bloggers are asked to address the points “How can we, as a culture and as members of the global community, involve, educate, and inspire girls in a positive way?” and/or “Describe a particular organization, person, group or moment in history that helped to inspire a positive future and impact the minds and aspirations for girls.”
Perhaps there’s hope for the Human Rights Campaign yet. Michelangelo Signorile blogs about why we should be optimistic about newly appointed HRC President Chad Griffin at HuffPo.
India’s government has confirmed its acceptance of a 2009 high court ruling that legalized homosexual sex.
Happy Blogiversary, Crunk Feminist Collective!
Samuel Huber is a junior in Yale College. He is the managing editor of Broad Recognition.