Obama moves to ensure sick leave for gay couples

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • nycut New York, NY
    June 22, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    @SCFan: All public money, Federal and state, comes from taxpayers. And a huge chunk of "state" money is actually reapportioned Federal taxes that went into a big pot that our politicians reallocate. (So Utah gets a higher proportion of New Yorkers or California taxpayers' federal taxes than New Yorkers get from taxes paid by Utahns.) Point is, it's all one system.

    If you like being in the United State-- until you object to a particular Federal policy-- you're echoing the pre-civil war South and their "nullification doctrine." In addition to freeing the slaves, the Civil War settled this: states can't just invalidate or opt out of Federal legislation they don't like.

    You use Federal dollars every time you drive on a highway, or get a social security payment, used a medicine developed in the US, take out a guaranteed home mortgage, ride an airplane, benefit from national security. In a myriad of ways, Federal dollars support basically everything that makes middle class life possible.

    The problem isn't "whose money" is used. It's why anyone wouldn't support equal treatment for gay and transgender people in the workplace. Who, btw, pay taxes.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    I think everyone keeps forgetting that LBGT people pay taxes, social security and serve in the Armed forces.. They are not just there to have their taxes used to support rights and privileges given to others. It is time that all citizens enjoy the benefits that their tax dollars have paid for.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 20, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    This President continues to justify what many historians say will make him go down as one of the most effective, productive Presidents in our history. Well done, Sir.

  • USU-Logan Logan, UT
    June 20, 2014 12:35 p.m.


    FYI, DOMA was authored by Bob Barr, a Republican congressman from GA in the last century. Does this author still support DOMA?

    NO! he changed his mind in 2008, he has since become a supporter of SSM and supports repeal of DOMA.

    If even the author of DOMA already changed his mind, why can't Obama?

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    June 20, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    Um, folks, it affects all employers of 50+ employees. And it's UNPAID leave. This does not mean it's without cost to an employer (since he has to continue to pay the employee's benefits for the time period), but he doesn't continue to pay a salary.

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    You do realize that this is only for federal employees, don't you?

    The president is the CEO of all federal employees and as it's administrator (per the constitution) has the power to make this effective.

    Don't be so up in arms, everyone. It is federal dollars being used. No business owner has to follow suit (even though many already have this policy in place for their employees).

    Nothing illegal, nothing overstepping his powers, but yes, a flip-flop on an issue - just like many Americans have now changed their minds on SSM.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 20, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    Is this the most important thing for a president to do?

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    June 20, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    Obama did a complete flip-flop on this issue. 3 years ago he was strongly in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Now he's totally reversed himself.

    When a Republican changes his mind, the press makes a big deal about him or her being a flip-flopper. Consequently, more should be made about this man as a genuine flip-flopper... which he is.

    Also, there are no powers enumerated or given within the Constitution which allows the federal government to override individual states in this matter. No where. It's another illegal over-reach of power by the Executive branch of government, which in this case is Obama. He's been doing a lot of that lately, with no accountability.

    But he should be held accountable. Except the federal AG, Eric Holder, the one who should be holding him legally accountable is a beholding Obama appointee to his job. He's proven himself time and time again to simply be an Obama puppet and nothing more. He isn't about do anything... again!

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    June 20, 2014 7:52 a.m.

    So if Obama wants to stick his federal finger into this he should pay for this leave with federal dollars. Not expect the state, or business to pay for it.