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WMC News Brief: Gay Marriage Bill, Burqa Fine

January 8, 2010

N.J. Senate Rejects Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage
1/7/10
New Jersey News: Just four states have legalized gay marriage, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont, while 30 states have banned it through constitutional amendments.

French Draft Bill To Fine Burqa-Wearing Women
1/6/10
AFP: Muslim women who wear the full Islamic veil in France will face a possible 750-euro fine.

Top German Magazine Trades Models For “Real” Women
1/7/10
Deutsche Welle, Germany: Germany’s top-circulation women’s magazine has started the New Year by replacing professional models with real women.

Democrats Anxious Over A Once-Safe Seat
1/7/10
NY Times: Martha M. Coakley, the Democrat running for Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts, had seemed so certain of winning the special election that she barely campaigned last month.

Does Republicans For Choice Pac Actually Support Any Republicans For Choice?
1/7/10
RH Reality Check: The Center for Public Integrity reported that most of the money raised by the PAC has gone to two companies controlled by its founder and Chairwoman and very little to pro-choice Republican candidates for office.

Council Speaker Tries to Move Out of Mayor’s Shadow
1/7/10
NY Times: Christine Quinn put aside her own plans to run for mayor when Bloomberg sought a third term. But $3 million in her campaign coffers make her a strong contender for his office in 2013.

Stupak’s Game Of Chicken
1/7/10
Salon: The Democratic congressman continues to prioritize restricting access to abortion over passing healthcare reform.

Mary Daly, A Leader In Feminist Theology, Dies At 81
1/6/10
NY Times: Mary Daly, a prominent feminist theologian who made worldwide headlines a decade ago after she retired from Boston College rather than admit men to some of her classes, passed away.

Suicide Attempts By Young Latinas Cause Alarm
1/7/10
Democrat & Chronicle: Two young Latina women are now helping to lead a local anti-suicide campaign to raise awareness that young Latinas are attempting suicide more than any other demographic.

Magdalene Program Offers Hope To Women In Prison
1/8/10
Tennessean: A new prison ministry offers a residential program that helps women who’ve battled addiction and street life to get back on track.

Development In The 21st Century
1/6/10
Foreign Policy: Why development in other countries matters to the American people and to our nation’s security and prosperity.

Europe’s Gay Leaders: Out At The Top
1/8/10
Time: Politicians across Europe are stepping out of the closet and into their country’s highest political offices.

Violence Against Women: Cause And Consequence Of HIV
1/8/10
RH Reality Check: Increasing evidence of the prevalence of rape and how rape increases women’s and girls’ risk to HIV, confirms for us that rape and sexual violence is endemic.

Inducing Labor May Lead To More C-Sections
1/7/10
Reuters: Pregnant women tempted to induce labor for convenience rather than medical necessity may want to wait for nature to take its course.

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