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Seventh Circuit Rules Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Barred By 1964 Law

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The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, but its reasoning is questionable at best.

Supreme Court Punts Transgender Bathroom Case Back To Fourth Circuit

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The Supreme Court has decided to return the case involving a transgender student’s right to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity to the Fourth Circuit rather than deciding it during this term.

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Era Guidelines On Transgender Students

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Not surprisingly, the Trump Administration has revoked guidelines to public schools that required accommodation of transgender students.

Boy Scouts To Admit Transgender Members

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Another major change for the Boy Scouts.

Women’s March Draws Record Crowds: So Now What?

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A movement motivated by hurt and fear turned into a political force eight years ago. Can another follow suit?

Youth, Women, and Bias in the Ideas Industry

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It’s not all peaches and cream for pretty young women.

Federal Jury Orders Rolling Stone To Pay $3 Million In University Of Virginia Case

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A Federal Jury orders Rolling Stone to pay up.

Federal Court Blocks Department Of Education Guidelines On Bathroom Access For Transgender Students

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A Federal Court has barred the Federal Government from enforcing guidelines on the rights of transgender students in public schools.

Military Ends Transgender Ban

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Unlike previous civil rights changes, this one came without much fanfare, fight, or even discussion.

Senate Approves Bill Requiring Women To Register For The Draft

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The Senate has passed an amendment to a military spending bill that would require women to register for the draft.

Federal Government Advises, And Warns, Public Schools On Rights Of Transgender Students

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Begun, the bathroom wars have.

Federal Government, North Carolina, File Competing Lawsuits Over State’s ‘Bathroom Bill’

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The political fight over North Carolina’s so-called “Bathroom Bill” has moved to the Federal Courts.

Transgender Rights And The Sudden Conservative Obsession With Bathrooms

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The passage of a new law in North Carolina has revealed an apparent obsession among some on the right with who gets to use which restroom.

Clinton Supporters Scold Younger Women For Supporting Bernie Sanders

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its supporters seem to be getting frustrated by the fact that younger women are seemingly more interested in her opponent than in her.

Gillian Anderson Offered Half David Duchovny’s Pay for ‘X-Files’ Reunion

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Is this really ‘infuriating’ news?

University Of Virginia Fraternity Files Defamation Suit Against Rolling Stone Over Campus Rape Story

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Rolling Stone faces yet another legal headache over last year’s story about a campus rape that never took place.

Houston Voters Reject Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

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Houston voters rejected a broad anti-discrimination law largely due to a campaign that focused almost exclusively on concerns about transgender rights.

Taking Sexual Assault Prosecution Away From Military Commanders

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In which I change my mind on an important topic.

Obama Appoints Openly Gay Army Secretary; Nobody Cares

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Eric Fanning will be the first openly gay service secretary. WaPo (“Obama to nominate first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army“): President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of […]

Donald Trump Crosses Red State Red Line

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Erick Erickson has disinvited Donald Trump from the RedState Gathering. What finally pushed him over the edge?

US Military Ends Transgender Ban

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The Defense Department is working to fully integrate transgender troops.

Women’s World Cup Pay Disparity Is Due To The Marketplace, Not Discrimination

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The winners of the Women’s World Cup will get paid far less than the men that played last year, but that’s not because of sexism.

The Law of the Land is the Law of the Land

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There’s a lot of pandering and outright nonsense in the wake of the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage.

Andrew Sullivan on Gay Marriage Ruling

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Andrew Sullivan, perhaps the man most responsible for putting the notion of marriage equality into the national debate, has come out of his blogging retirement to weigh in on yesterday’s historic ruling.

Supreme Court Rules Constitution Guarantees Gay Marriage

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The US Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution contains a right to same-sex marriage.

Americans Becoming Vastly More Accepting of Homosexuality

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Americans are growing more tolerant of gays and gay marriage, with irrelevant exceptions.

Petitioner Wants Olympics To Revoke Medal Caitlyn Jenner Won As Bruce Jenner

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This is perhaps the silliest idea ever.

Transgender Historical Revisionism

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Does an individual’s changed gender identity alter history?

Bruce Jenner Is Now Caitlyn Jenner

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The former Olympian has made a transition.

Navy Secretary Doubling Maternity Leave to 12 Weeks, Lowering Weight Standards

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Ray Mabus is trying to make serving in the Navy and Marine Corps more attractive to women.

House Republicans Set To Sacrifice Limited Government On The Altar Of Abortion Politics

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House Republicans are set to vote on a bill banning abortion in almost all cases after twenty weeks. What they can’t do is explain where the Constitution gives Congress the power to do this.

Failed Executive and Politician Carly Fiorina Running for President

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Carly Fiorina, who flopped at Hewlett-Packard and in her lone previous political campaign, wants to be the leader of the free world.

Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and Hot Air

Jazz Shaw has some perfectly reasonable things to say in response to my posting “Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and Male Privilege.” The Hot Air commentariat . . . not so much.

Sexism and Hillary Clinton: Maureen Dowd Edition

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Speaking of sexism and Hillary Clinton, I give you Maureen Dowd: THE most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem. She can’t figure out how to campaign as a woman. In 2008, Hillary Clinton took advice from two men — Bill Clinton and Mark Penn — and campaigned like a man. Worried about […]

Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and Male Privilege

Clinton, Gates, And Mullen Testify Before Senate Foreign Relations Cmte

The “racism” debate brought about by Barack Obama in 2000 is getting a spin-off.

Should Convicted Murderers Get Free Sex Changes?

March 28, 2014: Photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Michelle-Lael Norsworthy. (AP Photo/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.)

A federal judge has ordered the people of California to foot the $100,000 bill for sexual reassignment surgery for someone serving a life sentence for murder.

The Bright Side of RFRA

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We’re down to debating whether bigots should have to sell cakes to gay people.

Oregon Gets First Openly Bisexual Governor in American History

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) will become the first openly bisexual governor in U.S. history when Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) resigns Wednesday

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans Are Ready For Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage

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Justice Ginsburg acknowledges the fact that, over the past nineteen years, same-sex marriage has gone from something that most Americans oppose to something that most Americans are willing to accept.

Harrassment, Racism, and Reductio Creep

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Even innocent interactions with women in public can amount to harassment. Where should we draw the line?

“Personhood” Amendments Fail In Two States

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Another setback for the radical fringe of the “pro-life” movement,

Apple CEO ‘Proud’ He’s Gay

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially revealed an open secret declaring, “I’m proud to be gay, “

Obama’s Diminished Standing Among Women Is Hurting Democrats In The Midterms

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To a large degree, the Democratic Party’s supposed advantage among women voters appears to not exist this year.

Extreme Fitness Obsession

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Heather Havrilesky asks, “Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?

Are Some Crimes More Equal Than Others?

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Does the seriousness of a crime vary depending on the gender of the parties involved?

NFL Punishing Victim in Ray Rice Case

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The firing actually hurts Janay Rice much more than it does Ray.

Republicans Still Have A Problem With Female Voters

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Two prominent Republican groups point out the blindingly obvious.

Hobby Lobby Is Not An Issue That Will Bring Voters To The Polls In November

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Once again, we are reminded that the fact that people feel strongly about an issue does not mean it’s one that will cause them to get out and vote.

Hobby Lobby Could Be Creating New Gender Gap Problems For Republicans

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The Hobby Lobby decision could end up motivating women voters to turn out to vote against Republicans in the fall.

Republicans Still Don’t Know How To Communicate With Female Voters

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It appears that the GOP still has a problem communicating with women.

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