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Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare – review of child protection data by Dorothy Roberts

Shattered Bonds

Shattered Bonds is a thoughtful essay in three parts regarding the gap between what we as a society think we mean by child “protection” and “welfare,” and what actually happens as a result of the Child Protective System and the Welfare System. While you might not agree with all of her conclusions, she cites a wealth of studies (many regarding children here in Illinois and in Chicago) showing serious breakdowns in the system. Roberts’ premise is basically this. First,... more

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Why You Should Give A Damn About Gay Marriage – review of the marriage (in)equality arguments by Davina Kotulski, Ph.D.

Why You Should Give A Damn About Gay Marriage

Kotulski highlights that there are 1,049 federal rights awarded to straight people when they marry that are denied to gay and lesbian couples. Even if an individual State were to decide to support civil unions, and award gay and lesbian couples the 300 some odd rights many States award to straight married couples, there are still extra hoops gay and lesbian couples would have to jump through to get them, AND the couple would loose all these rights as soon as they left the State. Marriage Inequality Some... more