John McCaslin

As for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, he's carefully treading around the issue of same-sex marriage, trying to appease all sides, as most politicians do. In short, Mr. Obama opposes gay marriages, but at the same time opposes any future constitutional amendment to ban them.

NOW and NeW

Danielle Crittenden, author of "What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman," will deliver the keynote address in Washington Friday to a gathering of self-described "countercultural women" from several of the nation's top universities.

The ladies are in town for the third annual Network of enlightened Women (NeW) National Conference at the Heritage Foundation. Time magazine calls NeW the "fast-growing campus alternative to the Feminist Majority and the National Organization of Women (NOW)."

We're told Ms. Crittenden will argue that many feminist ideas, such as blaming men and pursuing independence at all costs, have failed women. Three NeW chapter presidents leaders, meanwhile, say they will discuss the group's impact in the 2008 presidential election "among Generation Y voters by rebutting feminist orthodoxy, such as the claims of rampant sexism and the 'glass ceiling' made by Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama."

Explains NeW founder and President Karin Agness: "Radical feminists dominate college campuses and NeW is a club for women who realize that those radical feminists do not speak for all women."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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