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The Supreme Court made the right call on marriage equality — but they did it the wrong way

Gay marriage is the law of the land, and that can only be a good thing. But Kennedy’s decision has some big issues<p>The Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that the Constitution protects same-sex marriage was great news. The party pooper was the remarkably weak reasoning by which the Court got there. …

LGBTQI

13 Children's Book Authors Who Would Have Written Beautiful Fiction For Adults Too

Beloved children's book author Judy Blume released a new book this month. All hail Judy! Except, unlike her 1970 masterpiece <i>Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret</i>, her recent work, <i>In The Unlikely Event</i>, is being marketed toward adults.<p>Blume's decision -- or, perhaps, her publisher's decision -- to …

Books

Prison-time turned a staunch conservative into one of criminal justice's biggest reformers

In the '80s, Republican Patrick J Nolan was leader of the Republican minority in the California State Assembly. Like many with conservative ideals, he supported the death penalty and fought for tougher prison sentences. He was also a leading sponsor of a prison-building boom in California.<p>After a …

Crime

These 2 quotes show the extent of the chaos if the Supreme Court guts Obamacare

The highest US court is expected to soon issue its ruling on Obama's signature healthcare law. At stake is the legality of healthcare subsidies for millions of people who get their insurance through the federal exchange.<p>The subsidies for low-income Americans seeking mandatory healthcare insurance …

Health Care

How the Supreme Court could surprise everybody on gay marriage and please nobody

Many constitutional scholars predict the high court will find gay-marriage bans unconstitutional and effectively legalize gay marriage throughout the US. Gay marriage opponents, on the other hand, hope the justices will keep those bans in place.<p>There is a third option that would leave both sides …

LGBTQI

After the Supreme Court ruling, marriage for none?

Good morning. I'm Paul Thornton, The Times' letters editor. It is Saturday morning, June 20, the day before the summer solstice. Here’s a look back at the week in Opinion.<p>Any day now, the Supreme Court may deliver the decisive blow that marriage equality advocates have long sought: a decision …

Deep in debt, Rubio bought an $80,000 speedboat and leased a $50,000 luxury SUV

The New York Times reports that while the senator was juggling multiple loans and mortgages, he bought a speedboat, a luxury SUV, and made questionable investment decisions.<p>Rubio has a history of accruing massive debts and then spending big when money comes his way.<p>According to The Times, Rubio …

Government

Man in vegetative state can be taken off life support against parents' wishes, rules European court

Vincent Lambert had been in vegetative state since road accident in 2008, in high-profile French case that had torn his family apart<p>The European Court of Human Rights has authorised France to take quadriplegic Vincent Lambert off life support in a landmark decision.<p>The plight of the 38-year old, …

Human Rights

Deal reached to let Native American student wear eagle feather at high school graduation

A Native American high school student who sued his California school district over its refusal to let him wear an eagle feather to graduation will be able to don the item after all.<p>Rebecca Farmer, a spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, told the Associated Press …

Positive Messages In Public Health Campaigns Could Be More Effective Than Negative Ones

For most people, hearing about the benefits of eating healthy food is a more effective push to change their behavior than hearing why they shouldn’t be eating junk, a new study claims.<p>This is according to an analysis from Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab of 43 published studies examining …

Welcome to the Red State HIV Epidemic

Republican governors face tough decisions as the disease spreads in middle America.<p>It wasn’t supposed to happen here. Not in Austin, a one-doctor-and-an-ice-cream-shop town of 4,200 in southeastern Indiana, nestled off Interstate 65 on the road from Indianapolis to Louisville, where dusty …

Public Health

These Are the 5 Reasons Why the U.S. Remains the World's Only Superpower

Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas …

Afghanistan

6 Steps to Becoming a Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The Internet has been used by academia since the 1980’s, but in the last fifteen years it has become what we know today. Today, 2.5 billion people log onto the Internet every day, and it's estimated that the number will double in the next …

Entrepreneurship