The Judge Is A Feminist — What’s Wrong with That?


In some very exciting news, President Obama recently nominated Nina Pillard, a Georgetown law professor who argued two major cases involving women’s rights before the Supreme Court, to the to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In much less exciting news, conservative groups such as the Family Research Council are already […]

“Shame! Shame! Shame”


Yesterday, near midnight, the Texas Senate passed H.B. 2, the draconian anti-abortion bill that has brought national attention to War on Women state legislatures and made a feminist folk hero of filibustering State Sen. Wendy Davis. Certain to be signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the bill outlaws abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, requires […]

Equal Marriage: It’s a Feminist Celebration!


Along with millions of other feminists, Ms. magazine and the Feminist Majority Foundation are celebrating the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions today that declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and let stand a lower court decision that California’s Proposition 8 is also unconstitutional. The second decision opens the door for same-sex marriages to resume […]

California Gets Closer to Transgender Equity


Transgender students in California could soon enjoy more rights and protections. A bill was approved Thursday in the California Assembly that would allow transgender students to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities. This means that athletic teams that are all girls or all boys will be open to students who identify with either gender. […]

The Arc Bends Towards Marriage Equality


UPDATE: The Minnesota state Senate voted 37-30 today to approve same-sex marriage in the state. The governor’s office said he will sign the bill into law tomorrow. As marriage equality is gradually–and, lately, rapidly!–being embraced state by state (let alone being considered by the highest court in the land), a statement that Martin Luther King […]

What Scalia Says About Gay People

As we wait for the Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality to come down in June, commentators have been dissecting the oral arguments and making predictions about the possible outcomes. But there’s one SCOTUS judge who leaves no doubt about how he will rule: Justice Antonin Scalia will undoubtedly vote against gay rights. He disapproves […]

The Supremes and Same-Sex Marriage: Day 2


Lawyer, author and long-time feminist activist Brenda Feigen was at the Supreme Court yesterday and today to watch and hear the Proposition 8 and DOMA case arguments. Here’s her report on the DOMA hearing: As I got close to the U.S. Supreme Court on my way to the DOMA hearing today, I was greeted with […]

The Supremes and Same-Sex Marriage: Day 1


Lawyer, author and long-time feminist activist Brenda Feigen was at the Supreme Court today to watch and hear the Proposition 8 case arguments. Here’s her report: My feelings are full and complex after today’s Proposition 8 hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court. Since the hearing on Hollingsworth v. Perry started with Chief Justice John Roberts […]

Three Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage (And Why They Will Fail)


As two landmark cases make their way to the U.S. Supreme Court this week, supporters of marriage equality are optimistic. A new Washington Post-ABC poll found that 58 percent of Americans surveyed think that lesbians and gay men should be allowed to marry, a record-high number and a complete reversal of poll results from just […]

More Women Than Men Affected by Marriage Inequality


As the nation prepares for next week’s historic Supreme Court hearings on marriage equality, it is important to note that women will be disproportionately affected by whatever decisions get made. That’s because female couples account for roughly two-thirds of existing legal same-sex marriages. This underreported fact is highlighted in an amicus (friend of the court) brief […]