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]
Where are they?
Rep. Rob Bishop joins Air Force leaders for breakfast, attends a classified House Armed Services Committee meeting, hits a House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing and chairs the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation subcommittee.
Gov. Gary Herbert hits a health summit update, joins a celebration of the halfway point to his goal of 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days, stops by Commissioner Davenport's retirement ceremony and heads to the Western Governor Association meeting in Deer Valley.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a National League of Cities Board of Directors Meeting.
President Barack Obama meets the Senegalese President, Macky Sall, at his palace in Dakar, holds a press conference with the President and visits the Senegalese Supreme Court, before traveling to Goree Island to tour the Maison Des Esclaves Museum and drop in on a civil society event at the Goree Institute. In the evening, the President and the First Lady dine with President Sall.
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