Why I'm Celebrating the Supreme Court's Decision

Today’s Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage will undoubtedly cause all kinds of emotions from people of all walks of life. Some will celebrate, and some will not.

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LDS Dems Stand for Marriage, Applaud SCOTUS

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Kersten Swinyard
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Crystal Young-Otterstrom
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801.652.0737

 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

 

LDS Dems Stand for Marriage, Applaud SCOTUS

 

SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Democrats caucus of the Utah Democratic Party joins broader celebrations Friday in support of the Supreme Court decision Friday allowing same-sex marriage nationwide. In doing so, the caucus reiterates the importance of the separation of church and state and adds a call that the rights of a religion to define marriage for its own members remain inviolable. 

 

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Notes On the Affordable Care Act Rulings

The supreme court has issued a fourth major ruling on the Affordable Care Act, A.K.A. Obamacare. Today I want to explain what each of those major ruling was about, where those ruling leave us today, and what action we can take in relation to those rulings.

 

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The Next Battle

Today’s 6-3 Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell means that health insurance subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can and will continue, and it’s an understatement to say that that’s wonderful news. 

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Why the Confederate Flag Must Go

I've been thinking about Eric's post since last night. Eric talks persuasively about not letting the furor over the Confederate flag distract us from gun rights. At the same time, the sea change in popular opinion and establishment acceptance of the CSA's battle flag is crucial and a major victory for the United States.

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Strengthening the Family

In the Proclamation On The Family, the First Presidency declared:

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

Many members of the LDS Church interpret this to refer only to the protection of traditional family units by preventing homosexual marriage. I believe this can and should be interpreted as a much broader statement. There are numerous other areas where family-strengthening policies can be implemented. These might include:

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Forget the Flag-- Stop Shooting People

I am currently sitting at my desk listening to the most recent installment of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast interview with President Obama.

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An Act of Terror in a House of Faith

On Wednesday night, people of faith were at Emanuel AME Church, a house of faith, at the weekly Bible Study. As with other churches, anyone (whether he or she is a member or believer or not) is welcome to join in and participate. So, it is likely that no one noticed the shooter when he walked in or if they did, they were simply happy that he had decided to come.

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The Most Important Line of Hillary's Kick-Off Speech

The coverage of Hillary's kick-off speech earlier today on Roosevelt Island has portrayed her as a center-left fighter. The pundits are missing, however, what I consider to be the most monumental lines of her speech: 

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The Gift of Tongues in Politics?

Some early members of the church practiced the gift of tongues in an unusual way. The ritual began when one person fell into a trance-like state and spoke in an unintelligible “language,” generated by mysterious impulses within the speaker. Another participant would claim to have felt the spirit give them translation of what was said. Both participants would then confirm the message.

 

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