California Attorney General Kamala Harris Performs First Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony Earlier Today…

Sandy Stier, left, exchanges wedding vows with Kris Perry during a ceremony presided by California Attorney General Kamala Harris at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, June 28, 2013. Stier and Perry, the lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban, tied the knot about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Since SCOTUS ruled that proponents of Proposition 8 did not have standing. The ceremony was between one of two couples whom successfully challenged the state’s Proposition 8 ban in court: Kris Perry and Sandy Stier. The normal 25 day waiting period was lifted when the 9th Circuit Court filing vacated a stay today and allowed the state to resume issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

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More details from the Bay Area affiliate of CBS News.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris Speaking In Support of the SCOTUS Rulings…

When the rulings came down, the flag went up at the CA AG’s website. Here is General Harris’s statement given during a presser.

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Her letter to Governor Brown can be read here.

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Rebecca Hamilton on the role, and responsibilities, of an Attorney General.

The Miraculous Incident of Balanced Media Coverage On Same-Sex Marriage…

This is the week when the Supreme Court will spill the beans on what will become of same-sex marriage in California, and perhaps in the entire country. Lots of folks are on pins and needles waiting for the decision that will be handed down. [Read more...]

Liberation Theology Gets the CDF Seal of Approval, and the Rich Act Different…Who Knew? UPDATED

Says who? Says Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that’s who.

Now before you go off all half-cocked, like a lot of folks did when President Obama made remarks about segregationist tendencies in Northern Ireland (see Bill Donohue’s remarks, please), perhaps it would be prudent to consider some of Pope Francis’s remarks on one of our cultures’ favorite idols: Mammon. [Read more...]

Stephanie Slade Connects The Dots on the HHS Mandate…

What follows is from her opinion piece in U.S. News & World Report. She explains how the HHS Mandate is just one more in a long line of First Amendment abuses by the current Administration.

Lost for some people amid worries about National Security Agency surveillance practices, Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative organizations and Department of Justice investigations of journalists who dared to speak to government employees is another troubling example of inappropriate federal overreach – the Health and Human Services contraception mandate. [Read more...]

Father’s Day Horror Becomes A Father’s Day Miracle…

If you were shocked and saddened at the news of a shooting that took place at St. James Catholic Church in Ogden Utah, you aren’t alone.

No one expects violence of that sort to take place on a Sunday, during Mass, in America. The prayers and outpouring of support directed to the family of the victim, and his parish community, overflowed the cup of tribulation.

You see, less than 24 hours after the shooting, James Evans is expected to fully recover. As of right now, I’m calling this the Father’s Day Miracle. Roll clip! [Read more...]

Did You See the 60 Minutes Piece on Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia?

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Check it out right here. The segment is called God’s Architect, and it is quite fascinating. [Read more...]

Do We Have the Will To Remove The Infrastructure of Tyranny We Have Erected?

Think, think, think…

I’m not going to waste a lot of your time recapping what you are already being bombarded with in the news these past few days. The IRS Scandal, everyone is fair game to be spied on, etc.

Justice Antonin Scalia put it well when he wrote the dissent (which was supported also by Justices Kagen, Sotomayor, and Ginsberg) recently in the Supreme Court decision for allowing DNA swabs to be conducted on anyone who is arrested. [Read more...]

It’s Not Everyday That The New York Times Says The Obama Administration Has Lost All Credibility…UPDATED

But that’s what The Gray Lady did this evening. It’s kind of fitting that it coincides with the anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. Have a look see,

President Obama’s Dragnet

By The Editorial Board

Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights. [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan on the HHS Mandate: “If we give in now, they will not leave us alone.”

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Kathryn Jean Lopez, a blogger neighbor of mine here at Patheos, and a writer for National Review Online, has been closely following the story that the New York Times published back on Sunday. More importantly, she has been following the response of Cardinal Timothy Dolan after the story was published. [Read more...]


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