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It's Hard Out There for an ALEC

Which big companies have dropped ALEC, the legislative advocacy group which seeds odious legislation in states around the country? Turns out quite a few. Here's the list.

A Different Kind Of Gay Marriage Case

The fact pattern in that case striking down Louisiana's gay marriage ban reads like a law school exam question: lesbian conceives child via artificial insemination, legally marries lesbian partner in California, moves to Louisiana, where same-sex marriage is outlawed and where partner tries to legally adopt the child.

So it's an adoption case, with same-sex marriage implications. In the same way, the landmark Windsor ruling was a tax case with same sex marriage implications.

Beyond the intricate legal questions, there are obviously very personal and poignant matters at stake. I don't mean to minimize that. We explored some of those dilemmas last year as it became clear that, for a while at least, the country would have a patchwork of marriage laws, some allowing same sex marriage and some not, with gay partners forced to make very difficult life decisions.

Crickets ...

As Dylan Scott points out, the GOP's big anti-Obamacare talking point -- okay, fine, people may be signing up but not enough people are paying their premiums! -- has been blown out of the water by subsequent data. But you won't hear anything about it from those who were trafficking in this meme back in the spring. Silence. Here are the main culprits.

Poping In America

Interesting piece at TPMCafe on the changes Pope Francis has already wrought in the American Catholic Church:

In less than two years, Pope Francis has changed the face of a two-thousand-year old institution. His emphasis on humility, mercy and social justice offer a vivid contrast to a vocal minority of U.S. Christian leaders who only see dark clouds and battles to fight. Think of it as the joy of the Gospel v. culture war Christianity fight. The latter is being kicked to the curb by a pope determined to rescue the church from self-righteous ideologues, princely clerics and conservative activists who think opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion are the only real litmus tests of authentic Catholicism.

More here.

Latest Out Of Kansas Senate Race

Kanas Supreme Court deals another big blow to Kris Kobach's big gambit to head off Democrats' big gambit. Yeah, it gets confusing. But make no mistake: This morning's decision significantly increases the chances that Sen. Pat Roberts (R) will have to face independent Greg Orman without a Democrat on the ballot.

Strikes Begin Over Syria

From the AP ...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the U.S. and partner nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles fired from ships in the region.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says that because the military operation is ongoing, no details can be provided yet. He says the decision to strike was made early Monday by the military.

The strikes are part of the expanded military campaign that President Barack Obama's authorized nearly two weeks ago in order to disrupt and destroy the Islamic State militants, who have slaughtered thousands of people, beheaded Westerners, including two American journalists, and captured a large swath of territory stretching from within Syria to land across northern and Western Iraq.

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