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And Not an Earthquake or Lightning Bolt To Be Felt…

“I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you...And you...And you...Gotta give em hope.” Oh haaiii, it’s Pride weekend here in Ess Eff, in case you didn’t hear. And you may have heard the sound of a million wingnut heads asploding as the Ninth Circuit wasted no time in lifting its stay on Judge Walker’s decision striking down Prop. 8, and while the City and County of Ess Eff can be highly inefficient in some areas, they are super efficient in issuing parking tickets and marriage licenses.  City Hall will be open all weekend until 8 pm each night.

Catch a flight and land at SFO.

SFO last night

Your Same Sex Marriage Open Thread

T-minus 1 hour until SCOTUS announces their decisions on DOMA and Prop. 8. I’m cautiously optimistic on DOMA, and afraid they will wimp out and use some bullshit standing argument to not decide Prop. 8.

You can follow the announcement of the decisions live at scotusblog.com – I’ll try to follow and update, but I may still be sleeping at 7 am PDT after the Tuesday night Texas Lege trainwreck. Share your thoughts and reactions below.

UPDATE:

9:55 EDT: Five minute buzzer

10:01 EDT: DOMA is dead! 5-4 by Kennedy.  “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty. [...] The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and 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.”

10:11 EDT: SCOTUSblog says the dissent in DOMA implies they refused to take jurisdiction on Prop 8.

10:18 EDT: Scalia is reading his entire dissent from the bench, so we have a little time to spare. No word if Alito is rolling his eyes and sighing like he did yesterday when Ginsburg dissented from the Voting Rights Act decision.

10:26 EDT: Perry decision: Petitioners didn’t have standing to appeal to the 9th Circuit or SCOTUS. Northern District of California decision stands.  “We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to. We decline to do so for the first time here.”

10:30 EDT: Folks standing in line at San Francisco City Hall:

city hall

But Jesus Isn’t the One Getting Married…

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bigot.“I am sorry. I can’t do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ.” —Richmond, Washington, florist Barronelle Stutzman, declining to do business with gay ten-year customers and bringing the wrath of the state attorney general upon her. [Seattle P-I]

Yep, Pretty Much Sums It Up

It does explain why Romney didn’t pick him as the running mate.

vaginas!

[New Yorker: Rob Portman and His Brave, Gay Son]

“Ball and Chain” Remains Acceptable on Second Reference…

Journalism has two mommies.husband, wife: Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or partner may be used if requested.” —New entry in AP Stylebook, following bitching about “couples or partners” for non-opposite-marriages. [BuzzFeed]

Sometimes We Get Angry and Feel Like Punching Piers Morgan In the Nose

Rick Warren to Piers Morgan, Tuesday night:

“Here’s what we know about life: I have all kinds of natural feelings in my life and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I should act on every feeling. Sometimes I get angry and I feel like punching a guy in the nose. It doesn’t mean I act on it. Sometimes I feel attracted to women who are not my wife. I don’t act on it. Just because I have a feeling doesn’t make it right. Not everything natural is good for me. Arsenic is natural.

Rick Warren to Piers Morgan, as reported on Piers Morgan’s blog:

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Aaron Schock Hopes to Capture GILF Title from Sarah Palin…

“On Wednesday, less than a week before he’s favored to win a third term in Congress, Schock met with top officials at the Republican Governors Association in Washington, to discuss the possibility of running for Illinois’s top job in 2014. Four sources in Illinois and Washington with knowledge of Schock’s meeting with the RGA said his interest in the race is an open secret, and that he’s told donors he is seriously considering the contest.” [National Journal, via Political Wire]