Jesus was not amused
Here's a tweet by Fox News talk show host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in response to the Supreme Court ruling that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional: "My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is OK: 'Jesus wept.' "
Catholics for gay marriage
Andrew Sullivan at The Dish on the court's DOMA decision: "Some have noticed how often [Justice] Anthony Kennedy used the word 'dignity' in his ruling. My own impression of the text is to note how Catholic it is. I mean by Catholic the sense of concern for the dignity of human beings that still resonates among the average Catholic population and, mercifully, now with the new pope. This is the true measure of our shared faith: not a desire to use its doctrines to control or constrain the lives of others, but seeking always to advance the common good while leaving no one behind. No one.
"The church hierarchy's Ratzingerian turn against this minority in 1986, its subsequent callous indifference to us during the plague years, its rigid clinging to 13th-century natural law rather than what or rather who was right in front of them ... these were all tragic failures from the top. But not in the pews; not among lay Catholics; not among many of our families and friends. And that humane Catholicism is embedded in paragraph after paragraph of Kennedy's text. He is talking about us, our relationships and our children as if we were human beings made in the same image of God with inalienable dignity."
From the satiric Borowitz Report: "By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court today acted, in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, 'to relieve millions of Americans from the onerous burden of having to vote.'
"Writing for the majority, Justice Scalia stated ... that the Voting Rights Act had 'thrust upon the shoulders of millions of Americans the terrible and unwanted burden of exercising their rights in a democracy. Many of them have been forced to drive to polling places, wait in line and then cast their vote[s] because of the oppressive requirements of this Act,' he wrote. 'It is our honor and duty to free them from those hardships.' "
A better gas tax
Michael Wood at the Third and State blog: "[June 13] the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reported that natural gas drillers are paying $202 million in local impact fees this year. Sounds good until you see a new report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center showing that a moderate severance tax on gas [4 percent] could bring in twice as much as the fee does now and generate more than $1 billion annually by the end of the decade. ...
"A tax modeled after other energy-producing states could go a long way to restoring funding that has been cut to schools and communities, while still providing as much funding to local governments as the impact fee."
Too little to matter
The local Spork in the Drawer blog: "The TBTF banks have stolen millions, if not billions, of dollars from the rest of us and haven't faced any jail time because Eric Holder thinks prosecution might have a negative effect on the economy. One guy [in San Diego] with some water-soluble chalk who decides to use his First Amendment rights to protest in front of Bank of America has been charged with 13 accounts of vandalism and is facing 13 years in prison plus a $13,000 fine.
"Seems fair to me."
Alito's got a point
The Pittsburgh Comet quotes Justice Samuel Alito's dissent as the Supreme Court threw out the Defense of Marriage Act:
In asking the Court to determine that §3 of DOMA is subject to and violates heightened scrutiny, Windsor and the United States thus ask us to rule that the presence of two members of the opposite sex is as rationally related to marriage as white skin is to voting or a Y-chromosome is to the ability to administer an estate. That is a striking request and one that unelected judges should pause before granting. Acceptance of the argument would cast all those who cling to traditional beliefs about the nature of marriage in the role of bigots or superstitious fools.
The Comet comment: "That is precisely what America is asking. It is precisely what the issue here is. And it took some time for me to fully understand and appreciate that point as well."opinion_commentary
Compiled by Greg Victor (firstname.lastname@example.org).