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All Eyes on Gov. Christie: Bill Banning Homophobic ‘Reparative Therapy’ May Soon Head to His Desk

A bill outlawing gay reparative therapy has to get past Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who is up for re-election and who does not have a good record on LGBTQ rights.

Reparative therapy, sometimes referred to as “praying away the gay,” has been proven ineffective and harmful. But when questioned about a bill to ban the practice in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie stumbled.

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Kentucky Settlement: Tax-Funded Child-Care Agencies Can’t Discriminate Based on Religion

Child's hands on book

Child-care agencies that contract with the state will now have to ensure that children are not pressured into participating in religious worship or instruction.

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Legal Wrap: Steubenville Rape Culture and Corporations as ‘Vessels’ of Faith

Last week brought a mixed bag of decisions for reproductive justice advocates.

Last week brought a mixed bag of decisions for reproductive justice advocates.

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YWA 2013 Nominee: Angelique Roché

Angelique Roché

When I stumbled into the world of politics and policy after law school I was surprised to see the dearth of women. In particular, there was lack of African American and multiracial women in elected office or even working on the issues that affected women and minorities the most.

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Cuomo Says He Wants to Pass the Reproductive Health Act. But Does He Really Mean It?

Governor Cuomo gives his 2013 State of the State address.

In his State of the State speech in January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made passing the Women’s Equality Act a centerpiece of his agenda for this year, including legislation protecting women’s rights to safe abortion care. But his political allegiances make the fate of the bill unclear. Does he really support it, or is he trying to play both ends?

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Justice for Sale: Big Money Floods State Judicial Races and the Implications Are Ominous

(Phandroid.com)

If state judicial elections continue to be a big-money game, reproductive health and social justice could lose big.

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Texas Claims Women’s Health Program Capacity Will Increase Without Planned Parenthood, Despite All Evidence to the Contrary

Governor Rick Perry. (Rick Barrera/Statesman.com)

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has said that it will have absolutely no trouble managing the number of clients in its new Texas Women’s Health Program, according to the department’s own survey. According to everyone else? Not so much.

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Government-Issued IDs: A Barrier to the Vote, A Barrier to Emergency Contraception

The use of a government issued ID to suppress the rights of “undesirable” communities is not just limited to voting rights, but is also a barrier for access to over-the-counter emergency contraception.

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The Dark, Dismal Future Of Public Health Care In Texas: Health Commissioner Claims High Rates of Uninsured Are a Myth

Dr. Kyle Janek Texas Tribune

After just four months on the job, Texas’ new top public health bureaucrat has said he doesn’t believe in Texas’ high uninsurance numbers, blames good weather for Texans’ ill health, and has hired an adviser who hates children’s Medicaid. Welcome to the future of public health care in Texas.

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Women and Gay People of Texas, Beware! Tea Partying State Senator Dan Patrick is Coming for Your Rights

Women and gay people of Texas, take heart: Tea Partying state senator Dan Patrick has not forgotten you! No, taking away your rights and privileges as human beings is still a cause as near and dear to him as ever. His recent actions give us Texans a peek into what we can look forward to in state politics in 2013.

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