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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.

Articles by Caitlin

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was taken aback by the Obama administration's decision to light the White House in rainbow colors after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

"I was a bit surprised to see the White House doing a victory lap using actual White House property on Friday," O'Reilly said on Monday night. "The people’s house was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the gay marriage decision. What about all the Americans who believe that a redefinition of marriage is not the job of the Supreme Court?"

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After causing confusion on Monday by stating that an Alabama Supreme Court order would stall gay marriage in the state for 25 days, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore walked back his statement.

"In no way does the order instruct probate judges of this State as to whether or not they should comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling," Moore said in a Monday statement clarifying his earlier remarks, according to The Auburn Plainsman.

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has vehemently opposed same-sex marriage in his state, broke down over the weekend after the Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have the right to marry.

"Just who do they think they are when one person can reverse 200-and-something years of precedent in our country and thousands of years of precedent in western civilization," Moore said on Sunday while speaking at the Kimberly Church of God's "God and Country Day," according to the Associated Press.

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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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