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PHOTO OF THE DAY: A proposal to celebrate the death of DOMA.
BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
DOMA & PROP 8 RULINGS
A day after yesterday's historic day at the Supreme Court reactions are still being proclaimed and shock waves are still being felt. As bills to officially kill DOMA have been introduced in Congress, gay rights activists are celebrating. Rapper and very prominent gay rights activist Macklemore praised the rulings while admitting there is still a lot to be done. He is one smart man. Also now that Justice Roberts helped send Prop 8 back to California, his gay cousin is getting married.
The anti-gay activists continue to pout over yesterday's defeats, chief among them Michele Bachmann who along with other gay haters held a press conference that amounted to a lot of hot air. Chick-Fil-A's Dan Cathy is very sad about the ruling but it's nothing that a little fried food shouldn't help. And while Chris Christie believes that the Supreme Court was "inappropriate" and "wrong", John Boehner has no plans for a new DOMA-like bill.
YouTube is celebrating Pride Month with a video dedicated to its best gay-related moments. A pro-equality Prime Minister is set to take office in Australia and as Edie Windsor puts her support behind Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner tried to use last night's celebratory mood to gain some voters at Stonewall.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Yesterday's big news got big coverage on the night time news shows. Rachel Maddow took a comprehensive look at how the rulings will immediately effect lives. The Daily Show celebrated "Judgment Gay" and Stephen Colbert tried to wrap his head around how super gay the Constitution is now.
On being on the right side of history:
I don't think time is on the side of those who want to redefine marriage, because those ramifications, the loss of religious freedom, where you have bakers and florists and photographers forced to participate in same-sex marriages. When the American public begins to see that, the loss of parental rights, as children are taught values that are inconsistent with what they're taught at home. And you see churches and religious organizations lose their tax-exempt status, I think Americans are going to pause and say 'this is not what I gave a nod of affirmation to'.
On what can be done now:
There's still room in this opinion for the federal government, I think, as we're looking through this for federal purposes, only as it pertains to immigration and maybe in the military to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. So this is far from over.
At this point the other interviewee, Richard Socarides, interrupts him saying, "Well that is absolutely not true. President Obama has already issued a statement since the ruling which said very clearly that he's going to act swiftly and promptly to implement this decision."
Partway through Socarides's explanation, Perkins interrupts him with heavy sarcasm, "Oh, I believe everything that he says."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Rush Limbaugh took time out of his radio program yesterday to tear into supporters of same-sex marriage and praise the dissenting arguments presented by Justice Scalia in the DOMA case. Mediaite reports:
Limbaugh read Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent in the case against the Defense of Marriage Act and praised him for identifying insults in the majority opinion directed at DOMA supporters. "It proves that we are up against people who don't give a damn about the rule of law, or about decency, or about decorum," he said.
"The Supreme Court has now demonized supporters of traditional marriage as it has been understood for thousands of years. The Supreme Court majority in its ruling actually uses language that insults and demonizes the people who support marriage as it has been since the beginning of time," he said.
He goes on to complain about how the "left is intolerant and fully invested in the low art of personal destruction through smear tactics," which is ironic considering Limbaugh's body of work.
Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Last night, Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and gay blogger Andrew Sullivan sat down with Anderson Cooper to discuss the end of DOMA and what this decision will mean for gay couples, immigration, and the federal government's 'gay exception.'
"Today the Court said that the federal government has to go now from being the number one discriminator against gay couples to putting its moral and legal weight on the side of families, on the side of fairness, and on the side of the freedom to marry. We haven't won all the states yet. We haven't finished the job. But but the momentum this adds will continue to bring us forward and our country closer [to full marriage equality]"
He goes on to talk about the realities of legally married gay couples who reside in states that don't recognize same-sex marriages and the work that is still needed to bring full marriage equality to the remaining 37 states.
"Couples should not see there marriages sputter in and out like cell phone service depending on what state they're in," he said
Andrew Sullivan also chimed in on what the DOMA decision will means for binational gay couples who will no longer be saddled with the constant worry of deportation.
"The whole nightmare is over. They [binational gay couples] can apply for a spousal green card just like a regular human being...if you love someone and want to spend your life with them, the government has no right getting in the way."
Check out the great segment, AFTER THE JUMP...