Obama Asks SCOTUS to Strike Down DOMA
The Obama administration on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which says marriage can only be between a man and a woman. Same-sex couples are denied the right to marry, therefore exempt from the federal benefits opposite-sex couples receive.
The administration released a statement saying the law was unconstitutional because of its discrimination, and described sexual orientation as a “core aspect of human identity.
While DOMA does not forbid same-sex marriages, it simply does not recognize the marriages under federal law.
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Amsterdam Raises Legal Age for Prositution
In a bid to protect sex workers, the city of Amsterdam is raising the legal age for prostitution from 18 to 21. In addition, the city is working to close brothels during early morning hours and other times deemed dangerous.
The city released a statement saying the initiative is meant to “fight industry abuses and strengthen prostitutes’ position.” The city is also trying to reduce the number of sex workers in the city in an effort to fight crime.
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Thailand Adoption Law
The process of adopting children in Thailand varies depending on the nationality of the adoptive parents as well as the age and needs requirements of the child.
FDA Approves Post-Menopausal Pill for Sex
The Federal Drug Administration has approved a pill that would help post-menopausal women who feel pain during sex.
The pill, Osphena, is meant to be taken daily by women who experience pain dyspareunia, or pain during sexual intercourse. Osphena helps build and strengthen vaginal tissue, which weakens after women go through menopause.
The company’s spokeswoman said the drug should be available in the U.S. by June and has not set a price for it yet.