August 2010

Women and Sexual Orientation: It's A Lot More Fluid Than Many Think

Lisa Diamond, an associate professor of psychology and gender studies at the University of Utah, in January of 2008 published the results of a multi-year study of 79 women who did not self-identify as heterosexual. Professor Diamond's research began in 1995 when she conducted in-person interviews with the women, who identified themselves as lesbian, bisexual, or unlabeled but not heterosexual. The women were all between 18 and 25 years old at the time. Diamond then followed up with each woman every two years, in a phone interview. Dr. Diamond was researching the idea of bisexuality as a temporary stage of denial or transition, a stable "3rd type" of sexual orientation, or a heightened capacity for sexual fluidity.

A Rebuttal to Schulman

Mr. Schulman purports to explain "Gay marriage: Why Judge Walker got Proposition 8 ruling wrong." He doesn't actually do that, or even make a great deal of sense. There are a number of problems with Schulman's essay, and all of them are inherent in Schulman's understanding of the nature of marriage, and the purpose of marriage in human history. He thinks marriage began as a way to protect women; marriage, to Schulman is

a necessary defense of a woman's sexuality and her human liberty from determined assault by men who would turn her into a slave, a concubine—something less than fully human.

He adds:

A Brief History of California's Proposition 8

In California's 2000 primary election in March of 2000,

Proposition 22 (also known as the California Defense of Marriage Act) was adopted by a vote of 61.4% to 38%, in favor of amending the Family Code of California statutes. Section 308.5 explicitly defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and as the only valid form of marriage in the State of California.

Judge Vaughan Walker Rules that California's Prop 8 Is Unconstitutional

Judge Vaughn Walker in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal trial that has determined the unconstitutionality of California's Prop 8, has just announced that in implementing Prop 8 California violated the rights of California’s gay and lesbian citizens, and asserted that marriage as an socio-political and legal institution should be equally available to same-sex couples as it is for opposite-sex couples.

Judge Walker's ruling states: