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Kay HaganRaleigh’s News & Observer reports that she has endorsed masrriage equality.

The article quotes Hagan as saying:

“I know there are strong feelings on both sides, and I have a great deal of respect for their opinions. But after much thought and prayer on my part this is where I am today. I know all our families do not look alike. We all want the same thing for our families. We want happiness, we want health, prosperity, a bright future for our children and grandchildren. After conversations I’ve had with family members, with people I go to church with and with North Carolinians from all walks of life, I’ve come to my own personal conclusion that we should not tell people who they can love, or who they can marry. It’s time to move forward with this issue.”

Good work. About time.

That’s about the only way to describe yesterday’s decision (authored by a conservative judge named Dennis Jacobs) from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit striking down the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act.”

As Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Progress wrote:

This is a really big deal. Jacobs is not simply saying that DOMA imposes unique and unconstitutional burdens on gay couples, he is saying that any attempt by government to discriminate against gay people must have an “exceedingly persuasive” justification. Read More

Not that this comes as a surprise, but there is concrete evidence in a new report that the repeal of the old and silly U.S. military policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” has had no negative impact on military readiness.

Here’s a summary of some of the main findings in the study courtesy of Think Progress:

  • Repealing DADT has had no overall negative impact on military readiness, including cohesion, recruitment, retention, assaults, harassment, or morale. Read More
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“If only the execs at Mickie D’s and Burger King would say something hateful and intolerant!” This is the thought that has to be running through the mind of many a Triangle-area progressive these days.

With two of the area’s tastiest and unhealthiest fast food joints (Snoopy’s and Chick-Fil-A) having recently added their names to the list of “Intolerant, right-wing eatery chains to be avoided” — a list that has at one time or another included such stalwarts of bigotry and reaction as Domino’s Pizza, Cracker Barrel, Wendy’s and the west coast burger joint, Carl’s Jr. – it’s starting to feel as if there might really be a way to make some lemonade out of lemons here. I mean, if just a few more owners of some of these junk food palaces will come forward to issue their own knuckleheaded pronouncements, a lot of  progressives might really make some headway in their efforts to eat and live healthier.

Who knows?  Without so much salt, sugar and fat coursing through their veins, a lot of caring and thinking people might even find themselves out-arguing and even outliving their conservative adversaries     

Hmmm…come to think of it, if we could just get some other fast food chains to make some hateful comments about folks on the right, we might actually be on to doing something about the national obesity epidemic and rein in health care costs!

Anyway, just a thought. Let us know if we’ve forgotten any food joints that belong on the list.

(Image courtesy of the folks at Think Progress).

 

Today is Equal Pay Day, a day that marks the wage gap between working women and men. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, each year Equal Pay Day falls on a Tuesday to illustrate how far into the work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week. Nationally, women are still paid 77 cents for each dollar earned annually by men – a gap of 23 cents.

Here in North Carolina, working women fare a little better, but not by much. North Carolina’s working women are still only earning 80.7 percent of men’s earnings.

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