- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex | Tue, May 15, 2012 6:33 PM EDT | CommentsElisabeth Hasselbeck, who describes herself as "conservative" on ABC's "The View," slammed Bristol Palin on Monday for the single mom's criticism of President Obama's new stance on gay marriage.
Bristol Palin listens to her mother, Sarah Palin address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on …
In a ghost-written blog post titled "Hail to the Chiefs -- Malia and Sasha Obama," Palin, the oldest daughter of former Alaska Governor and GOP pundit Sarah Palin, mocked the President for considering his daughters' points of view.
"While it's great to listen to your kids' ideas, there's also a time when dads simply need to be dads," the post reads. "In this case, it would've been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that's not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that - as great as her friends may be - we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview."
"In this situation, it was the other way around," the post cont...Read More »
- Babble.com | Parenting | Thu, May 10, 2012 12:57 PM EDT | Comments
...Read More »Growing up in the desert farmlands of Southern Arizona the story of civil rights in America was told primarily by TV sets and the advent of the VCR. I only knew what I saw on the screen, that in a distant, forgotten time there had been injustice in the world and it had been based on something as trivial as the color of a person's skin.
President Barack Obama's approval of gay marriage is a step in the right direction.
I was born in 1971, and despite my ignorance the civil rights movement was still going strong, and it was not confined solely to persons of color, but to other facets of the community that I had yet to comprehend. I was in a bubble of shared silence. Both of my parents worked, many of our neighbors were an ethnicity other than white, and I had never once considered the possibility that homosexuality existed. I didn't ask, and nobody told. We were going to church, getting by financially, and all that I knew was normal to me. We were all different and we were all the same.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex | Wed, May 9, 2012 3:36 PM EDT | CommentsVoters in North Carolina on Tuesday passed Amendment One, agreeing to change the state's constitution to say that the only valid "domestic legal partnership" allowed in the state would be marriage between a man and a woman and banning gay marriage even though it was already prohibited by state law.
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"I think it sends a message to the rest of the country that marriage is between one man and one woman," Tami Fitzgerald of Vote FOR Marriage NC told The Huffington Post. "The whole point is simply that you don't rewrite the nature of God's design based on the demands of a group of adults."
The last time North Carolina's constitution was amended in regards to marriage, it was to make sure that "all marriages between a white person and a negro, or between a white person and a person of negro descent to the third generation inclusive, are hereby forever prohibited."
The new amendment against gay marriage passed 61 percent to 39 percent even though, accor...Read More »
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living | Mon, May 7, 2012 7:36 PM EDT | CommentsIt sounds like something that would expand access to family planning and women's health services, but the Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act actually ends funding for cancer screenings, birth control, and HIV testing if they're provided by an organization that also offers abortion services. That means Planned Parenthood, of course.
An Arizona law bans funding for Planned Parenthood, while a Utah bill triples the waiting period before an abo …
The new law, which Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed on Friday, stops any government entity (cities, counties, and the state itself) from giving money to Planned Parenthood and similar organizations, even though government funds are already not allowed to be used to pay for abortions. According to backers of the bill, the extra step of prohibiting something that's already prohibited is necessary in order to make sure that state money provided for acceptable purposes doesn't free up private funds for unacceptable ones.
"This is a common sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars ar...Read More »
- Forbeswoman | Healthy Living | Mon, May 7, 2012 5:31 PM EDT | CommentsAs I scanned the weekend postings on Forbes Woman online, I was puzzled by the lack of any discussion on the "Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act," signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on May 5th, 2012. Similar laws are being discussed in New Hampshire, and are already signed (although in many are being disputed) in Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Indiana, and Kansas. Click on the hyperlink above for the 2-pager amendment than likely affects the health care outcomes of 4,000 women who receive medicaid-funded health care in the state of Arizona, and countless more in states who have signed or plan to sign such rules into law.
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