Wild rallies outside Supreme Court arguments. Lee to filibuster gun bills. Romney back to Utah for donor event.
Happy Wednesday. This morning the U.S. Supreme Court tackles the second case regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage as it takes up the 1996 Defense of Marriage Law. Yesterday's hearing brought out crowds from both sides of the issue, with most advocates and opponents of gay marriages happy simply to hoist signs and chant. Some, though, threw punches. No arrests were reported, but a few incidents were noted. [DailyMail]
Topping the news: Sen. Mike Lee said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he'll join his conservative colleagues Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky. and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in filibustering any gun control measure that comes to the floor. [Trib] [Politico]
-> UTA says it won't be offering early-morning and late-night service on its airport TRAX line due to a lack of funds. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @pourmecoffee: "SCOTUS doesn't rule immediately after oral arguments. First they carefully review and discuss all your blog comments and tweets."
And from @sorrogrande: "@slcCouncil So TRAX'll miss the first & last banks of @Delta flights? Oops - those tend 2 B the biggest for biz travel."
Happy birthday: To former Utah Democratic Party Chairman Donald Dunn.
In other news: Several Utahns and Utah groups joined the legal discussion on same-sex marriage by filing briefs in the two cases the Supreme Court is taking up this week. [Trib]
-> Utah's former top federal prosecutor says he's shifted his views on same-sex marriage after seeing his sister, who is a lesbian, struggle to be treated equally under the law.
-> From rallies at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City to the Cache County courthouse and even a gathering in Provo staged by BYU students, Utahns turned out to show their support for same-sex marriage. [DNews] [Herald] [ABC4] [HeraldJournal]
-> Meanwhile, Gov. Gary Herbert spoke to a crowd touting "traditional marriage" at the state Capitol. [Trib]
-> In oral arguments in the case, Associate Justice Sonya Sotomayor questioned the line between polygamy and same-sex marriage. [Trib]
-> The LDS Church issued a one-paragraph statement Tuesday, reiterating its opposition to same-sex marriage. [Trib]
-> Utah earned a B+ for transparent government from a non-profit organization, citing easily-searchable information on grants and spending. [Trib]
-> Frustrated with recent incidents, the West Valley City Council wants improvements to its police review board. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick tallies the number of bills passed to come up with who he says were the most and the least effective state lawmakers. [UtahPolicy]
-> BYU's Adam Brown, meanwhile, looks at whether Utah Democrats were able to pass any legislation this session. [UtahDataPoints]
-> Jordan Garn says the TSA's policy on what could be a weapon -- and what isn't -- is ridiculous. [UtahPolicy]
-> Paul Rolly says Sen. John Valentine is inconsistent when it comes to regulating alcohol - especially when it comes to deciding who audits the state's alcohol agency. [Trib]
Nationally: Same-sex marriage activists and supporters might be jumping the gun on celebrating a win in the Supreme Court's tackling of Prop 8 - while the official ruling won't be out until June, some justices appear skeptical of overturning the voter-passed law. [Politico] [NYTimes] [WaPost] [APviaTrib]
-> Colorado pot growers and entrepreneurs are bracing for the "green rush" - an expected recreational user influx on the market when using marijuana is officially legalized next year. [WaPost]
-> Meet Julia Pierson, the first woman to be nominated to lead the Secret Service. Pierson, a veteran agent and currently the organization's chief of staff, will not have to undergo a Senate confirmation. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico] [APviaTrib]
Where are they?