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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Yesterday afternoon Ted Cruz (R-TX) exploded with a sputtering, outraged response to the Supreme Court's non-decision decision to allow marriage equality to go into effect in eleven more states (5 states immediately effected; 6 more effectively legalized). This came after the epic press release from the National Organization for Marriage, an historic primal scream in which the group pulled out every adjective their minds could muster in response to seeing their group's raison d'etre slip out of the universe - "furious word salad", as our gifted headline writers put it.

For most of us this was a decision all about dignity. But for the opponents of marriage equality it really did amount to the final indignity.

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After Supreme Court decision, Colbert welcomes new 'government-mandated life partner." Watch.

I graduated from college going on twenty-five years ago and one of my college friends was Gil Steinlauf. We went to college together, then lost touch, then reconnected some years ago through Facebook or perhaps just an email. We exchanged a few notes. No more. But I've watched from a distance as he became an increasingly prominent rabbi, both in Washington, DC where he's the senior rabbi at the Adas Israel congregation and also nationally.

Then today I saw a post from Gil on my Facebook feed about "personal news" he'd just shared with his congregation, about gratitude for support, compassion. My gut tightened. Clearly something weighty, serious. My first thought was an illness. Happily, no.

The news was that Gil and his wife have decided to divorce because Gil has come to the realization that he is gay.

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Not surprisingly, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal have put us on notice that total opposition to gay marriage and support for a constitutional amendment to ban it will be key to the 2016 GOP primary campaign.

Over the weekend, I wrote a couple posts and engaged with various folks on Twitter about the emerging Ebola Truth Movement, the mix of various voices, mainly on the right, either questioning what we know about Ebola, suggesting that public health officials are hiding the truth or simply saying they won't be patsies for the virology elite.

But is the far-right Paul clan (Ron and Rand) also Ebola Truther? Seems they might be.

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First same sex marriage just happened in Virginia. Here.

Most election watchers were figuring McConnell was opening up a real lead over Alison Lundergan Grimes. But a fresh poll out this morning (Survey USA) shows her two points ahead. Just one poll obviously and a really tough state. But it's still a race apparently. McConnell could still go down.

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