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Supreme Court to Hear Gay Marriage CasesFinally!

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether California’s Proposition 8 marriage amendment is constitutional and whether the federal government can refuse to recognize gay couples’ marriages for tax purposes and other reasons, the court announced Friday.

Decisions in both cases, by the court’s practice, are expected by the end of June.

The questions of federal standing aside, the Supreme Court should make a definitive ruling – one way or the other.

Do the states have the right to decide their own marriage laws, or is there a federal right to a same sex marriage?

We will see in late June 2013.

But, there are OUTS!

The SCOTUSblog live blog reports: “Prop. 8 is granted. So is Windsor. Those are the only two marriage cases granted.”

SCOTUSBlog’s live blog continues: “Prop. 8 is granted on the petition question — whether 14th Am. bars Calif. from defining marriage in traditional way.” No surprise there — except perhaps to Jeffrey Toobin. The Court then added a question of its own: “Whether the backers of Prop 8 have standing in the case under Art. III.” So the court may avoid ruling on the constitutionality of Prop 8 by saying that the case should not have been allowed to proceed in the first place — which I gather would mean that the lower court decisions are off the books, as there was no jurisdiction in the cases that would allow them to be decided.


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Day By Day cartoon December 7 2012

Day By Day by Chris Muir

71 Years ago America was attacked at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.

Dec. 7, 1941, the date of the military strike by Japan on Pearl Harbor, is being remembered today around the nation.

“71 years ago at 0755 HST was the 1st attack on Pearl Harbor. Taking a moment of silence to remember those lost,” reads a recent tweet from the U.S. Navy, which has spurred more than 1,000 retweets and such responses as:

“Never forget. 4 uncles in World War II. I make it a practice to thank veterans, especially ones wearing WWII caps for their service” — Brendan Ben Feeney

In Washington, D.C. and states around the country, flags are being flown at half-staff to remember the more than 2,400 Americans killed and 1,200 injured in the attack.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed the nation’s outrage following the attack, which he called  a “date which will live in infamy.” Within an hour, Congress had voted a declaration of war.

What a difference seven decades make.

Today it is the “Fiscal Cliff” which is confronting America and taxing the “Rich.”

How world events have changed…..


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