Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he would support Texas county clerks' ability to deny marriage licenses to gay couples on religious grounds, "Today Show" co-host Savannah Guthrie pressed the presidential candidate on the difference between gay marriage and interracial marriage.

"If a state clerk refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple, would you agree with that too?" she asked Cruz on Monday morning, noting that people who once objected to interracial marriage used religion to support their beliefs.

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) on Sunday continued to lament the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, and said that the decision should prompt the country's leaders to promote marriage.

"The most important power the President has is the power of the bully pulpit,” he said on "Fox & Friends." "Can you imagine if instead of this president spending all his time talking about global warming, if he talked about the importance of marriage and fathers and mothers taking responsibility and raising their children in healthy homes?"

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday told county clerks in the state that they can refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples if the clerk religiously objects to same-sex marriage.

Paxton, who issued a blistering statement on Friday condemning the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, initially said that the state would be following the ruling. But on Sunday, he issued an "opinion" to answer questions about implementing the law.

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The Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples across the U.S. have the right to marry left officials in Texas reeling.

Following the ruling, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a directive on Friday ordering state agencies to "prioritize compliance" with the First Amendment and Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The directive states that agencies should make sure that nobody "takes any adverse action against" people "substantially motivated by sincere religious belief."

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After the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couple have the right to marry, President Obama called Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the case. "Your leadership on this has changed the country," Obama told Obergefell over the phone, a moment captured on air on CNN. "I couldn’t be prouder of you and your husband."

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday declared that nothing will change the definition of marriage, despite the Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex couples in the U.S. have the right to marry.

"Today’s ruling by five Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court marks a radical departure from countless generations of societal law and tradition. The impact of this opinion on our society and the familial fabric of our nation will be profound. Far from a victory for anyone, this is instead a dilution of marriage as a societal institution," Paxton said in a statement.

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Many conservatives felt betrayed on Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld the subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act, prompting one Republican congressman to attempt exacting revenge on the justices.

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) on Thursday introduced the SCOTUScare Act, which would require the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in health plans through an exchange established by Obamacare, The Hill reported.

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