With the recent court case on marriage in CT, the judge said basically, "You've acquiesced to domestic partnerships, civil unions, and sodomy in general. Why not just allow marriages to include same-sex couples and call it a day?" It was an example of legal wrangling finding traction in everyday realities.
On another topic, we may be looking at a co-ed draft, if not a blanket permission for existing female troops to serve in combat roles:
Under U.S. military guidelines, female soldiers are not supposed to be placed in direct ground combat. Like so much else about the war in Iraq, that didn't play out quite as planned.
"Lioness," a 90-minute Independent Lens documentary by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, talks with a group of women who found themselves in precisely that situation, and who came out of it with pretty much the same range of aftereffects as their male colleagues.
Mostly they were glad to have come out of it at all, since thousands of their comrades did not. "Lioness," a name given to units of female soldiers sent to Iraq in 2003, shows how women function as equals in a situation as extreme as armed combat.
Well, they're equal as far as PR goes, and the party line that is spoken before the cameras. This book tells an entirely different tale, but with or commander-in-chief-elect making all sorts of pandering promises to the feminist wing of the female race, I wouldn't be too sure that Change.com wouldn't one day change the rules of conscription overall. Because if the reality is pegged as a success for women in combat, then the legal recognition follows as a matter of course.
Nota bene: I'm appalled that the book is selling at "bargain basement" price already, but do take advantage of it. It's grating to those who want to experiment with our defense by integrating the troops. Perhaps a good gift for a grandfather or military enthusiast on your Christmas list. Btw, I was supposed to review it, but no one would take the review with women serving on the front lines at present.