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Supreme Court Seen as Divided on Marriage

From the story:  Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often is seen as the swing vote, said gay marriage has been debated for only a decade and wondered aloud whether scholars and the public need more time. He said marriage has been understood as one man and one woman for “millennia-plus time.” “It’s very difficult for the court to say `We know better,”‘ Kennedy told Mary Bonauto, a lawyer representing same-sex couples (Fox News).  Another story claims Kennedy seems to be leaning toward gay marriage (National Journal).  One shocking revelation:  Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today (NRO).  The Quote (Instagram).  From Ryan Anderson:  This highlights another reason why it would be wise for the Supreme Court to not disregard the constitutional authority of states to make marriage policy. Not only is there nothing in the Constitution that requires the redefinition of marriage, but a ruling saying that there was could create unimaginable religious liberty violations (Daily Signal).  From Dr. Albert Mohler:  “It is … it is going to be an issue.” With those words, spoken yesterday before the Supreme Court of the Unites States, the Solicitor General of the United States announced that religious liberty is directly threatened by the legalization of same-sex marriage. Donald Verrili, representing the Obama Administration as the nation’s highest court considered again the issue of same-sex marriage, was responding to a question from Justice Samuel Alito. His answer confirms with candor the threat we have long seen coming (Albert Mohler).  A group of Christian leaders signed a letter warning they will not obey (Fox News). More (Defend Marriage).   A motion has been filed with the Supreme Court calling for the recusal of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.  Both have officiated gay weddings (The Hill).

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Poll: Public Divided on Same Sex Marriage

48 percent in favor, 44 opposed.  By comparison, the same poll notes 51 percent want marijuana legalized (Fox News).  Unintentionally, a news story reveals how crazy the far left has become on the issue with the opening sentenceA gay businessman who hosted an event for Sen. Ted Cruz — a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage — is apologizing to the gay community for what he called a “terrible mistake” (CNN).

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Nepal Death Toll Could Reach 10,000

According to the prime minister (USA Today).  And then there’s this:  Indian politicians have blamed Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal, which has killed nearly 4,000 so far, on the Hindu religious offense of eating beef (Daily Caller).  Before and after pictures (ABC News).

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Heather Mac Donald on the Baltimore Riots and the Crisis of Fatherlessness

Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute joined Bill Bennett on Tuesday to discuss the riots in Baltimore. Mac Donald argued that young men, like women, need role models. The effect of not having a father in the home or male role models in a community is “cataclysmic,” she says.

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Hewitt: A Deep GOP Field 4-29-15

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In this long run-up to next year’s contest, 16 of the men and women who are seriously thinking of running for president have been on the other side of the microphone from me at least once—some multiple times—since the New Year. Using last names, in alphabetical order, they are: Bolton, Bush, Carson, Christie, Cruz, Fiorina, Graham, Huckabee, Kasich, Pataki, Paul, Perry, Rubio, Santorum, Trump and Walker.

There has never been as deep a GOP field, full of experienced and able communicators, executives, thinkers and showmen. The debates in which I will get to participate will need stadium seating for the candidates and lots more time than the customary 90 to 120 minutes, if all are to be given a chance to opine on the key issues of the campaign. In today’s media saturated world, “funny” and “relaxed” are almost the highest compliments that can be earned after “serious and informed.” Most of these candidates are all of those things. Touch, timing, charm and charisma—never have such hard-to-define qualities mattered so much. And rarely have they been this abundant.

 

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