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CA Gov. Orders Counties To Issue Marriage Licenses As Soon As Prop 8 Stay Lifts

Source: TPM

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Wednesday instructed the state Department of Public Health to notify county clerks to recognize same-sex couples once the injunction on those marriages is lifted by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The order comes directly in the wake of the Supreme Court's dismissal of the Prop 8 appeal.

"The effect of the district court's injunction is that same-sex couples will once again be allowed to marry in California," the notice said. "But they will not be able to marry until the Ninth Circuit issues a further order dissolving a stay of the injunction that has been in place throughout the appeal process."

It could be a month or more before that injunction is lifted and clerks are allowed to issue marriage licenses, according to the notice.

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/ca-gov-orders-counties-to-issue-marriage-licenses



Jerry Brown
https://twitter.com/JerryBrownGov
I've directed @CAPublicHealth to advise counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as soon as 9th Circuit stay is lifted #Prop8


Jerry Brown: Counties must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/political/la-me-pc-prop-8-proposition-8-jerry-brown-supreme-court-doma-20130626,0,4183856.story

President Obama Calls To Congratulate Proposition 8 Plaintiffs On Live TV

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"We're proud of you guys, and we're proud to have this in California," he said on a call that aired live on MSNBC. "And it's because of your leadership things are heading the right way. So you should be very proud today."

"Through your courage, you're helping out a whole lot of people everywhere," he added.
http://www.politico.com/politico44/



President Obama called Proposition 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier moments after the Supreme Court dismissed the case and paved the way form same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. The moment was captured live by MSNBC:
http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/06/26/2219201/president-obama-calls-to-congratulate-proposition-8-plaintiffs-on-live-tv/

The White House confirmed that Obama placed the call as he flew to Africa aboard Air Force One.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130626/us-gay-marriage-obama/?utm_hp_ref=homepage&ir=homepage


These Five Justices Just Made America More Equal



The Supreme Court just handed down a 5-4 decision striking the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act. According to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion for the Court, “he federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

Shortly thereafter, the Court also handed down a 5-4 decision holding that supporters of California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 did not have legal standing to appeal District Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision striking the marriage ban. The likely impact of this decision is that Walker’s injunction against Prop 8 will allow California to perform same-sex marriages once again — or at least that California’s top elected officials will be able to read Walker’s opinion this way — although there is some uncertainty whether Walker actually has the power to enjoin an entire state. For this reason, the status of Prop 8 is, for the moment, unclear.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/26/2218321/doma-is-unconstitutional/

AL Gore:"terrific and historic speech, by far the best address on climate by any president ever"

This was a terrific and historic speech, by far the best address on climate by any president ever.

I applaud the new measures announced by President Barack Obama this afternoon to help solve the climate crisis – particularly the decision to limit global warming pollution from existing as well as new power plants.

Following the important pledges he made in both his inaugural address and State of the Union speech earlier this year, and the historic gains in renewable energy and fuel efficiency that the President delivered in his first term, the policy changes he announced today represent important steps forward in the battle to halt catastrophic climate disruption. Most importantly, President Obama has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to establish regulations on the amount of global warming pollution existing fossil fuel plants can pour into our atmosphere.

This action – if followed by skillful and thorough execution of the plan – has the potential to fundamentally alter the course of our nation’s energy infrastructure development and help to promote a sustainable future. On the international front, this action will bolster U.S. credibility and moral authority in negotiations with other countries.

After the country’s hottest year on record, the record melting of the arctic ice cap and disruption of the Northern Hemisphere jet stream and storm track, a crippling drought and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of damage from climate-related extreme weather events over just the past two years, we are already paying the price of carbon pollution. It is clear that bold and comprehensive action is needed now.

President Obama’s proposals are in keeping with the current political reality; inaction and denial have consumed Congress. But the climate crisis requires a new political reality: one marked by a willingness to accept solutions commensurate with the challenge.

I hope the president will make this challenge a centerpiece of his leadership in his remaining three and a half years in office. The hard truth is that the maximum that now seems politically feasible still falls short of the minimum necessary to actually solve the climate crisis. Continued and constant use of the bully pulpit, determined follow-through on the steps announced today, and additional steps in the months ahead can change the political reality and build a bipartisan consensus for the broader changes that are needed urgently.

As President Obama said today, history will judge the present generation by our success or failure in meeting and surmounting this existential challenge.

So I urge the nation to follow President Obama’s lead and take the positive steps he announced today, but to keep fighting. We’ve got a lot more work to do.


http://blog.algore.com/2013/06/statement_on_president_obamas_1.html

Senator Leahy says he will move quickly on voting rights bill

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Tuesday pledged quick action on restoring voting rights protections after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the landmark law.

"I intend to take immediate action to ensure that we will have a strong and reconstituted Voting Rights Act that protects against racial discrimination in voting," Leahy said.

The Vermont Democrat said the Supreme Court had "struck down the core of the most successful piece of civil rights legislation in this nation's history." But it was not yet clear what specific legislation Leahy might try to advance or whether he would win the support of Republicans.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/25/us-usa-court-voting-congress-idUSBRE95O0X920130625


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Supreme Court Decision Shelby County v. Holder

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http://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/comment-of-senator-patrick-leahy-d-vt-chairman-senate-judiciary-committee-on-supreme-court-decision-shelby-county-v-holder



Schumer on the decision
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/schumer-scotus-ruling-is-back-door-way-to

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) issued a strongly worded statement in reaction to the Supreme Court's Tuesday decision striking down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, decrying the ruling as a "back door way to gut the Voting Rights Act."

"As long as Republicans have a majority in the House and Democrats don't have 60 votes in the Senate, there will be no preclearance," he said in the statement. "It is confounding that after decades of progress on voting rights, which have become part of the American fabric, the Supreme Court would tear it asunder.”

After SCOTUS Decision, President Obama Vows ‘To End Voting Discrimination’

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that while he's "deeply disappointed" with the Supreme Court's decision to gut the historic Voting Rights Act, but vowed that the ruling will not "represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination."

"I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans," Obama said in a statement. "Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent."

With Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the majority, the court struck down a centerpiece of the landmark 1965 law applied to determine which states and localities — all with a history of racial discrimination — must first clear any changes to their voting laws with the Justice Department or a federal court.

"As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists," Obama continued in the statement. "And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process."


http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-scotus-ruling-wont-end-efforts-to-end



Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/statement-president-supreme-court-ruling-shelby-county-v-holder

I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.

VP Biden plays closer in Massachusetts Senate race

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/22/19094033-biden-plays-closer-in-massachusetts-senate-race?lite

Vice President Joe Biden played the role of closer for Democrats in Massachusetts, becoming the latest in a long list of party leaders who have trekked to the Bay State ahead of Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat vacated by now-Secretary of State John Kerry.

President Obama has campaigned here in recent weeks, as have first lady Michelle Obama and a bevy of other high-profile Democratic leaders. Biden aimed to put an exclamation point on the effort Saturday, when he stumped for the Democratic nominee, Rep. Ed Markey, and urged labor leaders not to take victory for granted.

“There’s no reason why this guy shouldn't walk to victory,” Biden said of Markey, telling activists to “please go out and knock on that extra door.”

“Don’t put yourself in the position, at 10 o’clock next Tuesday night, saying ‘God, if I had just done that extra block,'” said the vice president.


Al Gore calls Obama administration’s collection of phone records ‘obscenely outrageous’

Former Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore on Wednesday night leveled some rare and harsh criticism at the Obama administration, attacking its reported collection of phone records for millions of Americans.

The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald reported Wednesday evening that the National Security Agency has used a secret court order issued in April to collect the records of all phone calls made on the Verizon network.
Gore took to Twitter to call the monitoring “obscenely outrageous.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/06/05/al-gore-calls-obama-administrations-collection-of-phone-records-obscenely-outrageous/?wprss=rss_politics



https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=algore&tw_i=342455655057211393&tw_p=tweetembed
Al Gore @algore
In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?

Paul Krugman: The Obamacare Shock

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/opinion/krugman-the-obamacare-shock.html?hp&_r=0

The Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare, goes fully into effect at the beginning of next year, and predictions of disaster are being heard far and wide. There will be an administrative “train wreck,” we’re told; consumers will face a terrible shock. Republicans, one hears, are already counting on the law’s troubles to give them a big electoral advantage.

No doubt there will be problems, as there are with any large new government initiative, and in this case, we have the added complication that many Republican governors and legislators are doing all they can to sabotage reform. Yet important new evidence — especially from California, the law’s most important test case — suggests that the real Obamacare shock will be one of unexpected success

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Still, here’s what it seems is about to happen: millions of Americans will suddenly gain health coverage, and millions more will feel much more secure knowing that such coverage is available if they lose their jobs or suffer other misfortunes. Only a relative handful of people will be hurt at all. And as contrasts emerge between the experience of states like California that are making the most of the new policy and that of states like Texas whose politicians are doing their best to undermine it, the sheer meanspiritedness of the Obamacare opponents will become ever more obvious.

So yes, it does look as if there’s an Obamacare shock coming: the shock of learning that a public program designed to help a lot of people can, strange to say, end up helping a lot of people — especially when government officials actually try to make it work.

Reid Charges GOP With Hypocrisy Over IRS Outrage

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Tuesday accused Republicans of hypocrisy for being outraged that the IRS targeted conservative groups, pointing out that GOP lawmakers didn't appear bothered when the agency targeted liberal groups during the Bush administration.
http://www.salon.com/2013/05/14/when_the_irs_targeted_liberals/singleton/

"What the IRS did of course is inexcusable. But this is not the first time we've seen this," Reid told reporters. "It wasn't long ago that the IRS inappropriately targeted the NAACP, Greenpeace and a California church that was really progressive called the All Saints Church in Pasadena, California.

"It was interesting," he said. "At that time, we didn't hear a single Republican grandstand the issue then. Where was their outrage when groups on the other side of the political spectrum were under attack?"

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/reid-charges-gop-with-hypocrisy-over-irs-outrage

When the IRS targeted liberals http://www.salon.com/2013/05/14/when_the_irs_targeted_liberals/singleton
Under George W. Bush, it went after the NAACP, Greenpeace and even a liberal church
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