David Kurtz

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As Roberta Kaplan reminded us earlier, the anniversary of the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act in the Windsor case is tomorrow. What a year it's been. From the federal court ruling today lifting Indiana's gay marriage ban:

The court has never witnessed a phenomenon throughout the federal court system as is presented with this issue. In less than a year, every federal district court to consider the issue has reached the same conclusion in thoughtful and thorough opinions – laws prohibiting the celebration and recognition of same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. It is clear that the fundamental right to marry shall not be deprived to some individuals based solely on the person they choose to love. In time, Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as Plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as a marriage – not a same-sex marriage. These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such.

Sahil Kapur reached Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who successfully fought DOMA, for her reaction to today's 10th Circuit decision on gay marriage. Great stuff.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has just struck down Utah's gay marriage ban. That's the first federal appeals court to do so. A huge development.

The news came just moments after a federal judge separately struck down Indiana's gay marriage ban.

Note that there's a separate case before the 10th Circuit on Oklahoma's gay marriage ban. Today's decision suggests Oklahoma's ban may be tossed soon as well. The Utah case was argued before the court in April, just a week before the Oklahoma case came up for arguments.

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) ahead in Democratic primary but with absentee ballots still outstanding the race is too close to call.

There is so much going on with this story: a separation of powers clash; delicious insider trading muck; political vendettas backfiring spectacularly; and the veil pulled back a bit on how DC works. Take your pick.

This emerging battle on the Hill over the new carbon emissions regs from the EPA really bears watching. You now have a group of Republican senators saying they'll consider shutting down the federal government this fall to block the new regs. That's on the usually more moderate Senate side.

It's hard to figure the political upside for the GOP of a government shutdown right before the midterm elections. Could Democrats and the White House get so lucky?

"If Republicans want to repeat their government shutdown play to protect the profits of big polluters, they're placing a pretty risky bet," a White House official tells us.

Washington Post reporting that Eric Cantor will announce today that he will step down as House majority leader effective July 31.

We've been unpeeling the many layers of mendacity involved with Mitch McConnell trying to say that Kentucky could keep its exchange even if he succeeds in his ultimate goal of repealing Obamacare. The dance he's doing is obviously a nod toward the success of the state's own exchange, a success McConnell can't completely ignore for political reasons. And a success he doesn't want to stand accused of proposing to eliminate, even though that's exactly what repeal would do.

But on practical level it's worth noting, as Dylan Scott does in this report today, that McConnell and his staff have ignored the Kentucky exchange up until now. A top state official tell us there's been "radio silence" from McConnell throughout the creation and implementation of his state's exchange.