News roundup: The best of the conservative outcry on Supreme Court rulings
Published: June 27, 2013 07:36AM
Updated: June 27, 2013 07:36AM
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, opponents of gay marriage outside a courthouse in San Francisco where the California Supreme Court was hearing arguments on California's ban on same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will begin hearing two days of cases involving gay marriage. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

The best of the conservative outcry on SCOTUS ruling. Judge chastises Aposhian's lawyer. Utahns caught up in drug ring sweep.

Happy Thursday. While gay-rights supports are heralding a pair of Supreme Court decisions yesterday, many conservatives and anti-gay-marriage advocates are fearful of what's to come. A sampling of comments yesterday from the right wing (as pulled together by Media Matters):
-- Rush Limbaugh: The Supreme Court decision on marriage equality demonstrates the "disintegration of the United States."
-- Glenn Beck: The Supreme Court marriage equality rulings will lead to polygamy and ask you to "deny the Bible."
-- Fox News' contributor Todd Stearns: The Supreme Court "overrules God."
-- American Family Association's Bryan Fischer: DOMA ruling "has not made the normalization of polygamy, pedophilia, incest and bestiality inevitable."

-> Of course, the left had its own heyday with the rulings, and conservatives complained that the news media was almost cheering along with the gay marriage supporters. [MRC]

-> A host of stories on the decisions below from the Trib and across the nation.

Topping the news: Holladay Justice Court Judge Augustus Chin chastised Clark Aposhian's attorney for using all-caps in part of his motion to allow Aposhian to take back his firearms. He also denied the motion. [Trib]

-> More than a dozen Utahns from St. George and Salt Lake City have been charged in a multi-million dollar drug bust in southern Utah. The St. George operation was allegedly just a part of a vast drug effort spanning 35 states and five countries. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> Remember the guy who tried to extort $1 million from Mitt Romney by threatening to release his tax returns? Well, he just got indicted for fraud and authorities say he never had any tax documents. [Forbes] [CNN]

Tweet of the day: From @daveweigel: "Most politically conflicted people in America right now: Gay couple counting on jobs with the Keystone pipeline."

Happy birthday: to KSL Radio's Sheryl Lake Worsley and the Detroit News' David Shephardson.

SCOTUS' rulings: In striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and overturning Proposition 8, the Supreme Court also signaled that it could in the near future toss out state-based laws against same-sex marriage. [Trib] National coverage: [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico] [Fox]

-> Potential 2016 presidential candidates were divided along party lines in their reactions to the Supreme Court's rulings. [Politico]

-> How this actually affects Utahns is still unclear since the state doesn't recognize same-sex unions. [Trib]

-> Meanwhile, LGBT Utahns celebrated Wednesday's rulings as a pivotal moment, but predict that gay marriage won't be coming to Utah unless the federal government makes it a requirement. [Trib]

-> Utah polygamists are celebrating the SCOTUS rulings, hoping that it's also a step toward decriminalization of polygamous marriages. Most lawyers, however, do not think this is a likely outcome. [Trib]

-> Faith leaders weigh in on Wednesday's rulings. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert and AG John Swallow stress that the rulings have no immediate impact in Utah and do not affect the state's Amendment 3 ban on gay marriage. A University of Utah law professor, on the other hand, thinks the amendment is now in jeopardy following Wednesday's verdicts. [Trib]

-> Peg McEntee gives her take on these historic rulings. [Trib]

-> The Supreme Court's decisions now make it possible for gay American citizens to sponsor foreign-born spouses for green cards, something which could turn out to be a spanner in the works for the immigration reform bill. [Trib]

-> It will not all be smooth sailing from today onward for same-sex couples in Utah when it comes to receiving federal benefits. A complex web of existing rules and regulations still needs to be unpicked. [Trib]

->Following the Supreme Court's decisions, state Sen. Jim Dubakis proposed to his long-term partner at a DOMA decision party. [ABC4]

-> Utahns are left with many questions about how the Supreme Court decisions will affect their lives. [DNews]

-> Religious leaders, local members of the LGBT community and Utah officials react to the news from the Supreme Court on marriage equality. [DNews] [ABC4] [Fox13]

In other news: Provo Police Chief Rick Gregory is resigning after two years in the post. He and his wife want to move to Ohio to be closer to their children. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley's guest cartoonist Steve Benson gives his take on U.S. religious fundamentalists. [Trib]

-> As the Western Governors Association begins its meetings in Utah tomorrow, look for a roll out of a new energy policy blueprint. [UtahPolicy]

-> Bryan Schott laments that there doesn't seem to be much of a big bench for Utah Democrats for statewide office. [UtahPolicy]

-> Business executives urge the UTA to improve its services and expand its routes to make public transportation a viable option for their staff. [Trib]

-> The UTA will begin offering free long-term parking at most of its TRAX and FrontRunner stations in a one-year trial program which they hope will encourage airline passengers to use the new airport TRAX line. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Utah Population and Environment Coalition launched its "It's OK to Plan Small Families" campaign, which aims to curb Utah's exploding population and encourage conversations about family planning. [Trib]

Nationally: President Barack Obama's trip to Africa notably misses a stop in Kenya, his father's homeland, an indicator of Obama's disapproval of the country's newly-elected president and his uneasy relationship with parts of sub-Saharan Africa. [NYTimes]

-> With five days to go until rates skyrocket, the Senate majority leader threw out a bipartisan proposal for preventing a change to student loans saying he was concerned that the plan doesn't include a solid rate cap. [NYTimes]

-> By a vote of 69 to 29, senators approved a plan to double the number of border security agents and add 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. [WaPost] [NYTimes]

-> With final votes on the immigration reform bill due today, the goal of 70 Senate supporters still seems out of reach as Republicans begin to turn away. [Politico]

-> The taxpayer advocate for the IRS suggested that the institution should offer "apology payments" of up to $1,000 to taxpayers and tax-exempt groups whose rights were violated. [WaPost]

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