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Germany wants quick clarification of new NSA spy allegations July 3, 2015 at 2:52 p.m.

They may be more embarrassed now by the Wikileaks revelation from NSA wiretaps that Chancellor Merkel knew as early as 2011 that Greece couldn't possibly repay all its debt, as she's now demanding with the euro held over them like the sword of Damocles...

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Robinson Center offers preview July 2, 2015 at 11:10 a.m.

Sounds to me more like a justification for a rushed special election (to keep opposition from organizing) that kept the hamburger tax on the books for another 30 years. If not for this boondoggle, the City Board could have repealed the tax as soon as the Statehouse Convention Center bonds were paid off, mere weeks after the election. (Definitely NOT a coincidence.)

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Episcopalians OK religious gay weddings July 2, 2015 at 9:01 a.m.

@EREDDING: Perhaps YOU should let the Episcopalians decide what THEY believe the Bible has to say about marriage. My own church doesn't need the Episcopalians to tell it what to do either way, though they would agree with you. Still, the Bible doesn't dictate the Constitution; marriage as a SECULAR institution is BY LAW different from the religious institution, even if your own church doesn't really believe that (I don't think mine does either). That's a major reason why the Supreme Court ruled differently from the view of our churches (and AFAIK a majority of Arkansans even now).
On an aside: Is it REALLY necessary to plaster the picture of Arkansas' first legally married same-sex couple (Jennifer Rambo & Kristin Seaton, shown getting their license in Eureka Springs last year) on EVERY SINGLE ArkansasOnline article about same-sex marriage, even national news articles like this only indirectly related to Arkansas? The Seaton-Rambos (the surname they're having problems getting Social Security to accept) are now a part of Arkansas history, but except for updates they're old news now.

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Trojans logos: It's all about location July 2, 2015 at 8:15 a.m.

@CFSmith: Why waste taxpayer dollars moving the UALR campus to the river? It's in LR already, and you just don't spend money moving college campuses around town just because it's trendy to put it near, say, the Clinton Library or the River Market. (The Clinton School, an independent unit of the UofA System, is different.) If it were that easy to move a college, the big UofA would have moved here from Fayetteville long before UALR was founded; if they couldn't fit Old Main thru the Winslow railroad tunnel (as the joke went back then), they certainly can't fit Razorback Stadium thru the Bobby Hopper Tunnel today. ;)

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Who won, who lost? June 30, 2015 at 12:07 p.m.

The basic rules haven't changed: The states still "define" marriage & divorce, but they must act within constitutional bounds -- especially the Equal Protection Clause. That was the case when SCOTUS ended all state bans on interracial marriage (including Arkansas') in 1967's Loving v. Virginia; it's equally true today. And yes it IS the same thing, because the folks against interracial marriage in 1967 thought SCOTUS was "redefining marriage" then also. There are still numerous reasons for states to ban polygamy, incest, etc. without violating the Constitution, though it may be harder to legally justify allowing first cousins to have sex while banning them from marrying (as in Arkansas and many other states), especially if they can marry out-of-state with no problem (as the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled in 1986's Etheridge v. Shaddock).

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Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world' June 30, 2015 at 11:54 a.m.

His infrastructure fix: Funnel all traffic thru a single-lane toll booth. :p

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Clerk to quit, cites 'moral conviction' June 30, 2015 at 7:51 a.m.

At least she's being honest about it; if SSM means she can no longer do her job in good conscience, then she SHOULD resign. (And I'm a Baptist myself; I've always said churches shouldn't be forced to accept it -- and Justice Kennedy agreed in SCOTUS' opinion -- but for public officials the law is the law.)

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Cleburne County clerk will resign over same-sex marriage licenses June 29, 2015 at 3:41 p.m.

If a clerk can't follow the law, he or she SHOULD resign. Or perhaps she should step out of the office till July 22, when Act 1127 of 2015 officially removes the clerk's signature from all new marriage licenses (though the clerk still must issue them & apply the state seal).

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City finds licenses now legal, no rush June 29, 2015 at 8:01 a.m.

Being the ADG, I have to assume the gay couple was "straight outta" Compton in Newton County -- *not* California. ;)

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U.S. decision on marriages trumps states' June 29, 2015 at 7:54 a.m.

Pandora is still in her box, people. Justice Kennedy explicitly referred to "two-person unions" several times in his decision; that should hold off the polygamists for now. (Even the Sister Wives family didn't challenge Utah's polygamy ban itself, just the add-on unique to Utah that they couldn't even live together.) And Arkansas' 1970's-vintage criminal incest law already bans marriage or sex between siblings (plus aunts/uncles and nieces/nephews) regardless of gender, even if the incestuous marriage law (mostly from the 1830's) is unclear.

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