ANOTHER ENTRY in the "women belong in the home" file: The Frederick County Md. Board of County Commissioners has voted to cut Head Start funding by 50 percent, suggesting that women just stay home and home-school the county's children instead. "As many of you know, I had a lot of kids, and my wife stayed home, at significant sacrifice, during those early years, because she knew she had to be with those kids at that critical age," Commissioner C. Paul Smith said. "I know everybody isn’t able to survive doing that, but clearly, as we can strengthen marriage we can decrease the children that we have to reach."
COMMISSIONER Kirby Delauter added: "My wife, college educated, could go out and get a very good job. She gave that up for 18 years so she could stay home with our kids, we had to give up a lot to do that. I agree again with Commissioner Smith, you know, the marriage thing is very important. I mean, education of your kids starts at home, okay? I never relied on anyone else to guarantee the education of my kids."
I NEVER RELIED ON ANYONE ELSE TO GUARANTEE THE EDUCATION OF MY KIDS. Except for . . . wait, who am I forgetting?
VINCE GRAY has dismissed Department of Corrections Director Devon Brown: "Brown had served as director for close to five years and in many ways had proven just as tough and reform-minded as [Michelle] Rhee," Jason Cherkis reports. "Although there are zero documentaries, Time magazine cover stories, and WaPo mash notes posing as editorials to attest to Brown's savior status, he certainly resurrected a troubled agency once mired in lawsuits, badly trained corrections officers, erroneously releases, and embarrassing performances before the D.C. Council's judiciary committee."
GLAA FORUM explains Brown's checkered history on the rights of transgender inmates. In 2009, the DOC implemented a new policy that would help ensure that trans people are treated with dignity in the D.C. jail, housed with other inmates in accordance with their gender identity, and even possibly provided hormone therapy behind bars. Brown oversaw the implementation of this policy, but he didn't like it: "The struggle over the DOC policy toward [trans people] was set off by Devon Brown's illegal effort to 'repeal by rulemaking' the transgender protections in the D.C. Human Rights Act as they applied to Corrections," GLAA Forum notes. "The present DOC policy, which GLAA and DCTC are not satisfied with but which we recognized as an improvement, appears not even to have been properly implemented (for example DOC's promised transgender committee reportedly has excluded trans activists), making it a paper policy. GLAA hopes to see a new Corrections director who takes his or her responsibility not to discriminate more seriously."
THE EFFECT OF TESTIMONY on the gay marriage fight: "Many steps are still needed before marriage equality is a reality in Maryland, but the development is nonetheless remarkable and a testament to how quickly public attitudes about gay marriage are changing. One of the major reasons for that has been the courage of thousands of gay Marylanders to defy social stigma and live openly as they are, an act that has forced lawmakers and society as a whole to acknowledge that they are normal, upstanding citizens, just the same as anyone else, and deserve all the same rights and privileges," the Baltimore Sun argues. "Senator Klausmeier, for example, has said that she grew up with a traditional religious background but that as she has become friends with more and more gay people, her views changed. Senator Brochin, who had previously backed civil unions but not same-sex marriage, was actually swayed by the testimony before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee last week. Confronted with the contrast between the alarmist rhetoric of same-sex marriage opponents and the reality of healthy, stable families asking for nothing more than equal rights, he changed his mind."