Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Flawed Birth Control

The Kansas City Star:

Shanta Russell had been taking her birth-control pills faithfully for more than a dozen years without a hitch. So when pregnancy tests kept turning up positive in June 2011, she was stunned.

Shock turned to anger three months later when the single Kansas City woman received a recall notice in the mail warning that the pills she had taken may have been placed in the wrong order in their blister packs. The mistake could render the pills ineffective.

That recall in September 2011 by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the pills Russell took, was followed closely last year by unrelated but eerily similar recalls of birth control pills with faulty packaging from three other manufacturers: Pfizer in January, Glenmark Generics in February and Sandoz in June.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

The People Behind the Prop 8 Cases

From the Washington Post:

In BURBANK, Calif. — At the center of the Supreme Court’s preeminent case of the term — the one that holds the potential for redefining marriage in America — are a couple whose chief attribute is how conventional they strive to be.

Jeff Zarrillo, 39, manages the big multiplex movie theater in downtown Burbank, and Paul Katami, 40, is a fitness instructor. They have lived for nine years in a small but handsome house just past the second speed bump on a quiet, suburban street. It is a neighborhood where American flags are plentiful and interest in the school board election appears high.

When the Supreme Court hears the men's challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage on March 26, there is a good possibility that their names will not even be mentioned.

What the court is interested in, among other things, is whether the constitutional guarantee of equal protection contained in the 14th Amendment, adopted in 1868, requires extending the right of marriage to those who want to wed someone of the same sex.

What Zarrillo and Katami are interested in is getting married.

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Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn


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50th Anniversary of the Feminine Mystique

The Atlantic does an interview with Gail Collins, author and NYT columnist, about Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique on its 50th Anniversary.

Read it here.


Hat Tip: SH

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Guest Post by Family Law of Orlando: Controversial Foreign Law Bill Reintroduced in Florida Legislature

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a foreign law bill proposed by Senator Alan Hays and Rep. Larry Metz. The bill would prevent courts from using religious or foreign law in divorce proceedings, including divorce, child custody, and division of assets.

The bill, SB 58, is controversial and has received disapproval from Islamic and Jewish groups, as well as the ACLU. They claim it infringes on freedom of religion. The bill would allow Florida law to overrule any foreign or religious law pertaining to divorce.

The bill did not pass through the Senate last year, but Hays and Metz are trying again. The bill is especially criticized as being anti-Sharia, a code of laws outline in the Koran. Hays and Metz claim this is not their goal, but the bill’s wording is extremely similar to model legislation posted on the American Public Policy Alliance’s website whose purpose is “to protect American citizens’ constitutional right against the infiltration and incursion of foreign laws and foreign legal doctrines, especially Islamic Sharia Law.”

Hays claims that the bill is “not insulting to any religious group,” and that “if your law violates the constitutional right of a Floridian, it has no business being in a Florida court.” However, the executive director of the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says if the bill passes they are prepared to fight it.

Family Law of Orlando plans to watch the developments on this bill closely. If it passes it could affect divorce proceedings not just for Muslims but people of other faiths as well.

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Irish Laundries

The Irish government released a report recently admitting state involvement in referring over 2,000 of the 10,000 women committed to the laundries between 1922 and 1996.  The laundries were harsh institutions where unwed mothers, unruly daughters, and other problem girls & women were sent.  While in the laundries, these women and girls were essentially slave labor.  The Irish government has not issued an apology.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Women Prefer Being Single to Being A Housewife

Slate recently published a chart showing data that women prefer being single to being a housewife:


See the full chart and read the analysis here.


Hat Tip: SH

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013


From the Atlantic:

So Marissa Mayer banned telecommuting at Yahoo, telling her employees they either had to work in the office or quit. The howls of protest went up at such a deeply anti-family policy, particularly in the proudly family-friendly (at least rhetorically) Silicon Valley. How on earth could the first pregnant CEO, with a young baby and a nursery in her office, deny her employees the ability to work with their children nearby?

I obviously understand the concerns, given that I'm writing a book on the coming work-family revolution and the steps we must all take to bring it about. But hang on. Marissa Mayer is a CEO first and a woman second. Indeed, she is a role model for many precisely because she made it to the top job. And as a CEO, her first job is to save her company. If she fails in that, the employees she is insisting come in to the office will have no jobs to come in to.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Symbolic Same-Sex Wedding Held in Bloomington

 Bloomington, Indiana Mayor Mark Kruzan held a symbolic mass wedding ceremony for same-sex couples at the end of January at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in downtown Bloomington.  The ceremony was meant as a protest for a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Indiana.  13 couples were surrounded by a room of supporters as they said their vows onstage.  Those who took part in the symbolic ceremony said they did it to put a face on gay marriage, so that others not in cities such as New York City or San Francisco would be able to see this is going on all around the country.  The amendment against same-sex marriage passed the state’s House and Senate in 2011, but the proposed amendment must pass both chambers again either this year or next year before it is available to put up to Indiana voters in the 2014 election.

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