I pledge NOT to shop on Thanksgiving. Will you?

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Same-Sex Marriage Equality Map (Updated)

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Check out the Human Rights Campaign’s updated map on the#MarriageMomentum news from Wyoming and the latest #MarriageEquality states!

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Read more at www.hrc.org/blog/entry/marriage-equality-coming-to-wyoming and follow HRC Wyoming for more!

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These 5 Scary Obamacare Predictions Were Dead Wrong

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OBAMCARE FACT CHECK

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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No Carve Pumpkins – 12 Days of Halloween

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  If you’ve been following along, then you know by now that I love Halloween, and all things Fall, and pumpkins are pretty high on my list of reasons why. I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin candles, even pumpkin seeds.There’s only one…

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Take the First Step in Becoming More Motivated

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Share   A lot of times people are very good at thinking about what they want to do, but actually very bad at getting to the point where they start or finish a goal. They seem to be missing a very important aspect that plays a major role in completing…

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Sneaky Utah legislators may rewrite state law on gay marriage

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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.

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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.

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Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban

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Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban

 Sunday, October 12, 2014

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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.

The state could now appeal to the 9th Circuit Court, where chances of it winning were slim since the federal appeals court already has ruled against Idaho and Nevada, which made similar arguments.

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.

The ruling is here.

Developing story. This report will be updated.

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FASHION: TRUE RELIGION MORE THAN JUST A POCKET

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Have you seen True Religion jeans lately? It’s not all about the big pocket and signature stitching anymore, making them one of the most recognizable jeans ever. Strange but when ex CEO Jeff Lubell’s launched True Religion back in 2002 he gave away more…

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CVS sanctioned for faking product size (as reported by CNN)

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You’re not crazy If you think that CVS wrinkle cream ran out faster than it should have. It did.

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

CVS Health (CVS) settled with four California counties and the state’s Department of Agriculture after allegations that its packaging didn’t accurately represent how much product it contained.

The $225,000 settlement, first reported by Fresno, California’s ABC30, covers a few store-brand beauty products, mostly wrinkle creams but also an anti-frizz hair product. The report says the points of contention were alleged false bottoms and sides that improperly exaggerated the amount of product in the container.

The money will mostly go to Fresno, Yolo, Sacramento and Shasta Counties, ABC30 reports. A CVS spokesman confirmed the settlement and said the company would do better going forward.

“While manufacturers generally choose the container size, CVS/pharmacy has agreed to redesign the packaging of certain CVS Brand items,” he wrote in an email.

 

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