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Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore Comes Undone After Gay Marriage Ruling

(TPM) Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has vehemently opposed same-sex marriage in his state, broke down over the weekend after the Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have the right to marry. "Just who do they think they are when one person can reverse 200-and-something years of precedent in our country and thousands of years of precedent in western civilization," Moore said on Sunday while speaking at the Kimberly Church of God's "God and Country Day," according to the Associated Press. The justice warned that ruling could infringe upon the religious freedoms of Christians in the U.S. "Welcome to the new world. It's just changed for you Christians. You are going to be persecuted according to the U.S Supreme Court dissents," he said.


"Antonin Scalia is a Douche" brunch special sells out in record time

(Raw Story) On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a legal right for all Americans, regardless of the couple’s gender composition. Justice Antonin Scalia was not happy with the decision, calling the ruling “a threat to American democracy” in his written dissent. Friday is also the day Sam’s Morning Glory Diner comes up with the names of its weekly breakfast specials. This week, the Philadelphia restaurant put two new items on its menu, drawing inspiration from current events. “Antonin Scalia is a Douche,” an egg dish with vegetables, cheese, and andouille sausage (for which there was enough meat to make 150 servings) sold out before 10 AM on Sunday. “The Supreme Court Finally Got It Right” quiches, available with or without prosciutto ham, were gone in less time than that.


Biden attends services at Charleston church

(MSN) CHARLESTON, S.C. — Vice President Joe Biden worshipped and spoke at the Sunday service of the historic African-American church where nine people were gunned down during Bible study earlier this month. The vice president's surprise appearance came on the second Sunday the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church held regular services following the June 17 shooting.


The 'Southern Avenger' Repents: I Was Wrong About The Confederate Flag

(Daily Beast) As a Charleston, South Carolina-based conservative radio personality known as the “Southern Avenger,” I spent a decade defending the Confederate flag that is yet again the center of so much controversy. I said the flag was about states’ rights. I said it stood for self-determination. I said it honored heritage.I argued the Confederate flag wasn’t about race. I believed it. Millions of well-meaning Southerners believe it too.

I was wrong. That flag is always about race. Whatever political or historical points the flag’s defenders make, there will never be a time—and never has been a time—in which millions of Americans have looked at that symbol and not seen hatred.


George Takei: When I checked Twitter this morning

George Takei: My eyes shine with tears as marriage equality is ruled the law of the land. What a pride weekend it shall be! http://po.st/ZgW19W


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