In a case of "You can't have your cake and eat it too" a Federal Appeals Court ruled in favor of plaintiffs who are legally married in Massachusetts, but cannot claim federal benefits due to married couples because they are same gender couples. Anti-gay marriage folks insist on preserving the right of states to define marriage (provided they define it as between one man and one woman) but won't agree to honor states' definition of marriage at the federal level if it includes same gender individuals. The court logically concluded that you can't have it both ways. While the ruling is not binding until the Supremes have a go at it, it does make a statement for human rights and dignity.
In another story, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is fighting back after accusations by the Vatican's Inquisitors that the nuns are not "Catholic enough" to please Pope B16. See CBS News clip here
And another clip here:
Who would have thought that the thousands of women in religious orders in the US would be put in a similar position vis-a-vis the Vatican as are LGBT men and woman who are and wish to remain Catholic. People like uber-catholic Bill Donahue says the nuns should just "get out". Sounds a lot like religious "cleansing" and I don't mean that as a good thing. Yet there was not even a slap on the wrist for bishops who tolerated and covered up pedophiles among their clergy.
I think the nuns are a very smart group of women and I am looking forward to their on-going response to the situation.