Bits & Pieces: Wendy Davis, Marriage Equality & More
By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker
From Wendy Davis’ filibuster to same-sex marriage victories; these are a few of the bits and pieces that caught my eye this week:
Women FIghting Back
The GOP have continued their war on women (and other minorities) as if they have learned absolutely nothing from the 2012 election. This week Texas state Senator Wendy Davis fought back by carrying out an 11 hour filibuster against an anti-abortion bill.
You can read more here.
Rep. Tammy Duckworth Schools Unscrupulous IRS Contractor
Speaking of awesome women in elected office; Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth grilled IRS contractor Braulio Castillo. Castillo was under investigation for misrepresenting an injury he suffered playing football in prep school as a military injury to help him land government contracts.
Rep. Duckworth is a Veteran of the Iraq war who lost both her legs and had to have an arm reattached after the helicopter she was flying was shot down. You can watch the video here.
Closer to Full Marriage Equality
This was a historic week in the fight for marriage equality. The Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. By finding DOMA unconstitutional the court has cleared the way for thousands of same-sex couples who have married to access federal rights and benefits.
SCOTUS also decided that they did not have jurisdiction to rule on the Prop 8 case meaning that the appellate court ruling that a ban on same-sex marriage in California is unconstitutional stands. On Friday all counties in the state of California were ordered by the States AG to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
A few days after the SCOTUS rulings a federal judge found that a Michigan law banning school districts a local government institutions from offering health insurance to domestic partners of government employees unconstitutional.
NC Makes things Worse for Unemployed Citizens
The state of North Carolina will be discontinuing unemployment benefits for those experiencing long-tern unemployment. Cuts will be made to the amount of compensation new claims receive. You can read more over at TPM.