March 19, 2010
Is VA attorney general's anti-gay directive to universities about law or personal bigotry?
Social conservative activist Ken Cuccinelli, recently elected Republican attorney general of Virginia, has told the state's public colleges and universities that the protections they offer against sexual orientation discrimination are inconsistent with state law and should be rescinded. Now Cuccinelli is captured in a video interview with a local television reporter in which he agrees that homosexual "acts" are "a detriment to our culture."
March 18, 2010
College freshmen dramatically more in favor of marriage equality than population as a whole
The Chronicle Higher Education reports that "65 percent of the college freshmen surveyed last fall supported same-sex marriage, compared with 58 percent of Americans 18 to 29 years old and 39 percent of the population nationwide," according to new data released by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. In fact, "College students who describe themselves as politically 'far right' arrive on campuses across the country supporting legal same-sex marriage significantly more than do conservative Republicans nationwide."
March 17, 2010
Harvard Law conference on Reconstructing Masculinities
The Harvard Journal of Law and Gender is hosing a symposium on Reconstructing Masculinities on March 26. Panel presentations will focus on "contemporary masculinities, their interactions with feminist and queer theory, and the role of masculinities in education and the workplace." More information is available here.
March 16, 2010
Petraeus: time has come to end don't ask, don't tell
When General David Petraeus was running the Iraq war, Republicans, including Sen. John McCain, routinely fell all over themselves to praise his wisdom and competence. Now, Petraeus says "the time has come to consider a change to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’" McCain, who has seriously tarnished his reputation for integrity and candor by flip-flopping on DADT, refused to allow Petraeus to read an eight-minute statement on the matter at a hearing today.
Assessing prospects at the Supreme Court for the Olson/Boies Prop 8 challengeVeteran advocate Matt Coles, director of the ACLU's LGBT rights project, writes in the Huffington Post about what might happen if the federal challenge to California's Proposition 8 makes it all the way to the US Supreme Court. Coles previously analyzed possible scenarios for the case in the lower courts.