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California’s gay marriage ban nullified

In a historic ruling, but one that the judges insisted was narrow in scope, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday nullified California’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, finding “Proposition 8” amounted to a form of unconstitutional discrimination against a “disfavored” group.

THE CONSTITUTION, VERMONT, AND MY INNKEEPER

When Texas governor Rick Perry suggested earlier this year that his state might consider seceding from the Union, it was greeted as the persistent echo of the Southern Confederacy. So I was surprised when, vacationing in Vermont last month, I listened to a local political activist there make his case for the Green Mountain State, […]