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March 2005

CA Marriage Law Ruled Unconstitutional
On March 14, 2005, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer ruled that withholding marriage licenses from gay and lesbian couples was unconstitutional. This decision paves the way for California to become the second state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. In his decision, Judge Kramer wrote, "it appears ...
Judge Rules Pharmacist Violated Code of Ethics - Shines New Light on Pharmacist Refusal Debate
Instances of individual pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for family planning and emergency contraception continue to occur throughout the nation, 1 despite experts on the pharmaceutical profession stating that pharmacists are "expected to exercise special skill and care to place the interests of their clients above their own immediate interests." ...
SIECUS Releases Fiscal Year 2004 Edition of State Profiles
On March 23, SIECUS released the 2004 Edition of State Profiles: A Portrait of Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in the States . This second edition includes information on each state's law(s), currently proposed legislation, and recent events related to sexuality education. It goes on to detail the amount of ...
Virginity Pledgers More Likely to Engage in Risky Sexual Behavior Including Oral and Anal Sex
A new study released on March 18, 2005 in the Journal of Adolescent Health , by Hannah Brückner of Yale University and Peter Bearman of Columbia University, shows that young people who took "virginity pledges" --public promises to remain virgins until marriage-- are nonetheless at risk of engaging in unsafe ...
Welfare Reform Reauthorization Well Underway in U.S. Congress
The United States Congress is closer than ever to reauthorizing the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, more commonly known as welfare. The TANF program was originally funded under the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which Congress failed to reauthorize during the 107 th and ...
U.S. Report to the Commission on Status of Women Illustrates Bush Administration's Antagonism to Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
The Commission on the Status of Women, the intergovernmental body at the United Nations responsible for promoting women's rights in all societies around the world, met from February 28 th to March 11 th to review the Beijing Platform for Action and examine current challenges and strategies for the advancement ...

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