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Predicting the ways in which Obamacare would fail and ruin America has been something of a cottage industry for conservative politicians and talking heads since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.
Sometimes the Obamacare haters resolutely held their ground even as the facts disproved their theories. This is known as “Obamacare trutherism”.
So let’s take a journey down Bonkers Lane and remember together some of the scariest prognostications about Obamacare that turned out to be untrue.
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By Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah legislators may rewrite state law on gay marriage
From parental rights to terminology, some lawmakers see lots of details to be worked out.
Gay marriage won’t be coming before the U.S. Supreme Court, but justices’ decision Monday to let stand lower-court rulings upholding same-sex marriage could become a big issue in the Utah Legislature.
Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, already has opened a bill file to work on the issue.
On Monday, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, University of Utah law professor Emily Chiang and Bill Duncan of the Marriage Law Foundation joined TribTalk host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to bypass same-sex marriage for now.
“For example, Utah code doesn’t have a chapter heading called ‘Marriage,’” Powell said. “It is actually titled ‘Husband and Wife,’ and all the statutes on marriage refer to ‘husband and wife.’ So we have a lot of work to revise statutes, and have many details to decide.”
Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, who is gay and married, warned that lawmakers should not view such potential rewriting of state law as a chance to undermine the court decision.
“Anyone who is saying we can twist the wording of state law into anything other than full complete equal marriage is going to be in for serious disappointment,” he said.
Dabakis also noted that several laws that have been found to be unconstitutional in the past have technically remained on the books without being enforced, and he sees little need to vastly rewrite marriage laws extensively now. He said full marriage rights can simply be extended to gay couples.
Powell said that may be easy with some issues — such as tax benefits, health care insurance and inheritance laws — but may create problems in such areas as parental rights.
“For example in the case of a married woman who is pregnant, state law now presumes that her husband legally is the father,” Powell said.
“What should happen in the case of two women who are married? Should the partner be presumed to have parental rights?” he asked. “What about the rights of the biological father? Are there any? Those are the types of things we need to work through.”
Powell said he is even thinking of coining a new term besides “marriage” to deal with such issues in state law, called “pairage” for same-sex pairs. He said that’s “because they do not have the ability to produce a child” biologically by themselves, and therefore create some different issues than heterosexual couples.
He said laws for parental rights and children may, or may not, need to be different for “marriage” and “pairage.”
In short, Powell says the new court decision “kicks the ball back to state legislatures” to decide many issues. He adds it could lead “to what can be many years of tinkering with marriage laws.”
Dabakis said there is no need to rush into decisions.
“Clearly there is a number of issues that need to be worked out,” he said. “But there is a framework there, and the framework is for equality.”
He added that he is confident that gay marriage cannot be weakened through legislative action because court rulings have “been clear, so nitpicking is not going to be successful. If we get to that, it’s just going to be more wasted taxpayer’s money on inconsequential issues that the state will lose.”
This year while the gay-marriage issue worked through the courts, legislative leaders put a hold on legislation dealing even remotely with it — including a bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, seeking to prohibit housing and employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Utahns.
With the court battle over, such issues now may also be debated again.
Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal judge has struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on same-sex marriages.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on Sunday said the ban violates the U.S. constitutional guarantee of due process and equal protection.
With this ruling, the Court hereby DECLARES that Alaska’s same-sex marriage laws are unconstitutional for violating the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court IMMEDIATELY ENJOINS the state of Alaska, including state officers, personnel, agents, government divisions, and other political entities, from enforcing Alaska Constitution Article 1, Section 25 and Alaska Statute Sections 25.05.011 and 25.05.013 to the extent that the laws prohibit otherwise qualified same-sex couples from marriage and refusing to recognize lawful same-sex marriages entered in other states. IT IS SO ORDERED.
Five same-sex couples have the state of Alaska to overturn a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1998 that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Developing story. This report will be updated.
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