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Texas may now well be the epicenter where hard right policies come with a violent and horrific cost. The latest evidence is this tragic news of a young lesbian couple found shot in the head in a South Texas park. One of the young women died from her injuries while the other remains in critical condition. There’s every reason to believe this was a hate crime.
Related: it’s tempting to make fun of the Texas GOP 2012, but the reality is this is the future of the national party. So instead of simply mocking it, let’s expose it for the values it embraces: Old South segregationist policies and Dominionist Christian theological imperatives. Let’s also remind people that those are the exact same values that just cost two young women their lives. And then lets promote the work of the tireless progressives in that state fighting the good fight.
To mark the anniversary of Title IX Nike released this film on famous female athletes. I will admit this made me cry.
The march toward justice can be slow, but in this case it is worth it. A federal judge ruled a rape victim can sue the Hillsborough County, Fla. Sheriff for preventing her from taking emergency contraception.
The state of Kansas is trying to take away this woman’s medical license because she refused to force a 10-year-old girl to continue a pregnancy against her will. Juvenile forced birth–that’s the platform of the Kansas GOP.
Despite the fact that there’s no ID requirement to purchase Plan B good luck getting it at this pharmacy without it.
The hypocrisy is just so thick with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) it would be astonishing if it wasn’t so predictable. His latest gem: adding an federal fetal personhood amendment to a flood relief bill. Because, you know, liberty.
Finally, this: same-sex marriage bans are not cheap.
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