David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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Florida is really shining with this needless obstacle for same-sex couples.

Here's the deal:

A group of same-sex married couples sued the state of Florida today alleging it was not providing birth certificates for their children that lists both spouses as parents.

In indirect response, the state has now asked a judge in the closed year-old case that overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban whether it must promulgate a new birth certificate form in light of the Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

Of course, the answer is yes, they should. And that's almost certainly what a judge will say. Any reasonable vital statistics office would have just proceeded with the new forms on its own. But perhaps fearing backlash from Gov. Rick Scott (R) or some state legislators, the office is slow-walking the whole thing. Nice work, guys.

I confess I didn't know TV legend Norman Lear was still alive. But he's still kicking -- and working -- at 93. TPM's Tierney Sneed interviewed him yesterday about that famous 1972 All In The Family episode on homosexuality which got way under Richard Nixon's skin. We also have a never-before-seen clip of Lear from a yet-to-be-released documentary as he reacts to hearing Nixon on his secret tapes griping about the show “glorifying homosexuality.” Lear's take, all these years later, is worth a watch.

Jimmy Carter: "Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body."

It started as a dispute over the AP American history curriculum, but a Colorado school board recall is shaping up as a proxy fight for national groups, including the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, over a whole range of contemporary public education flash points.