Daily Archives: June 26, 2013

Big day for gay rights

Though they stopped short of declaring there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Wednesday’s decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 will stand together as a milestone in gay rights. Opponents can be expected to push harder for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and the rulings won’t affect the state laws and amendments barring it, such as in Kansas. But they mean that same-sex married couples are entitled to federal tax and other benefits, and presumably that gay marriages will resume in populous California as they continue in 12 other states and the District of Columbia. The 5-4 decisions found the court about as split as the American public, 51 percent of which supports same-sex marriage. But they also signal that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is inevitable – just as 72 percent of Americans believe it to be.

More than 11,000 so far suspended from voting rolls

Since Jan. 1, more than 11,000 people in Kansas who have attempted to register to vote have been placed in “suspense” because of lack of proof of citizenship, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. That is more than 1 in 3 registration applications during that period. The U.S. Supreme Court tossed out an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship to register, but Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach insists that Kansas’ requirement is legal. An analysis of Douglas County registrations found that the vast majority of people in suspense registered at the state’s Division of Vehicles. That office is supposed to send citizenship documentation to election officials electronically, but that isn’t happening, the Journal-World reported.

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

The following satirical headlines come from borowitzreport.com and theonion.com:

Agency Busy Spying on 300 Million People Failed to Notice One Dude Working for It

U.S. Seemingly Unaware of Irony in Accusing Snowden of Spying

U.S. Promises Smooth Transfer of Quagmire From Afghanistan to Syria

Obama, Putin Agree Never to Speak to Each Other Again

Americans Sent More Than a Hundred Million Father’s Day Messages, Says NSA

GOP: ‘We Support Our Nation’s 11 Million Latino Criminals’

New Iranian President Really Impressed With Country’s Nuclear Arms Program

Biden Investigated for Questionable Workers’ Comp Claim