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Birth control, gay rights, and equal pay are routine topics during voting years, and liberals and conservatives are constantly at war over them. Even typically non-political people often wade into the fray to offer their two cents.

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Gay Rights
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender voters were some of President Obama’s biggest fans... until he became president, that is. While the repeal of the oppressive “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy brought smiles to rainbow flag-waving folks, the pace of change is often said to be too slow for liberals and too fast for conservatives. Proposition 8 keeps rearing its ugly head, and it’s still legal in 29 states to fire someone because they’re lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Still, hope was on the table when Obama said in mid-May 2012: "It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." Donors thought so: they donated $1 million in 90 minutes.

 

Equal Pay
It took American woman all of 2011 and four months of 2012 to earn what their male counterparts earned in 2011 alone. Though the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act has made it easier for women to sue over discriminatory pay, it hasn’t leveled the playing field. Women still miss out considerably, earning $434,000 less than men over the course of their careers. Time to bring back out Rosie the Riveter posters?

 

Lady Care
As the most religious industrialized country in the world, the U.S. is full of opinions on Planned Parenthood. When the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation said it would pull breast exam funds from the sexual and reproductive health care provider, women fired back in protest. Showing Komen who wears the pants in the donor game, women took to the Internet, the radio, and the streets to voice their discontent and pledge their loyalty to Planned Parenthood. The Komen foundation backpedaled faster than you can say ‘Plan B’ and reinstated the funding.

When word surfaced that Obamacare would cover the cost of contraceptives, a frenzy broke out, particularly among Catholics (98 percent of whom, ironically, use contraceptives). To calm the Bible thumpers, Obama’s administration had to shift payment responsibility around to ensure religiously affiliated university and charities wouldn’t have to foot the bill for the Pill.