“Surely women aren't getting anywhere if the Republicans have anything to do with it. All I seem to read are stories about anti-abortion bills, rape "re-definition" (bills supported by women..), cutting funding for womens groups such as the VAWA and politicians who think un-married and pregnant means single mother. The view from the UK is that women's rights in the US seem to be taking a step back. I'm curious if that's just how its portrayed in our media or if American women feel this way too.”
Absolon on Mar 9, 2011 at 12:08:03
“Oh yeah, the US has definitely stepped backwards on this issue. Lots of handmaidens will have lots of tales here shortly.”
“I don't agree with them on many levels, a gay couple should have the same rights as a straight couple of course, but if it states on their website that they only allow married couples to share a room then surely anyone turning up that is not married is party to that rule? Doesn't mean that's the actual reason they were turned away and certainly doesn't mean the couple who run the B&B aren't homophobic. I also read on another website that the visiting couple were members of a gay rights charity that had highlighted the B&B's issues with un-married couples so there is some speculation that the two guys in question went along with the purpose of causing controversy and headlines. so it's a difficult one either way. both parties seem in the wrong for different reasons.”
bmcombs on Dec 14, 2010 at 15:00:32
“I love that argument. "They treat unmarried straight couples the same way!" Yes, but the unmarried straight couples at least have the right to marry...kinda defeats the argument when the gay couple isn't even afforded the opportunity to meet the necessary standard.
Regardless, your second part of the argument means that Rosa Park was just some trouble maker from a black-rights activist group trying to make trouble. She wasn't REALLY interested in sitting in the front of the bus... Please. Most acts of civil disobedience and political action are planned and coordinated events, not some completely random action that just happens to highlight an issue.”
“So refreshing to find another female voice who isn't afraid of travelling alone. I always go everywhere by myself, shopping, eating out, pubs, you name it. I may be in a relationship currently, but I spent five wonderful days in Italy by myself last year and got by on an Italian phrase-book and hand gestures alone. Sure I had my moments where I felt alone and even a little lonely, but I found after those five days i had an insight into a country I'd never had before and SO many marvellous memories. Travelling solo means all the attention is on you! You wouldn't believe the warm welcome I had in a tiny restaurant on the Tuscan coast, they even paired my wine with every course to let me experience "Real Italy" and I was on a really tight budget!”