The Supreme Court deems DOMA unconstitutional and dismisses Prop 8; 20 bodies are found after a rescue helicopter crashes in India; Edward Markey wins Senate seat for Massachusetts; Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups are supposedly changing modes of communication after NSA leaks; Paula Deen appears on the ‘Today’ show to discuss racial slurs she has been accused of using; and Texas renders strict abortion bill moot. Meanwhile, Stacey Dash tweets support for Paula Deen, and Kim Kardashian claims she got baby name idea from brother Rob.
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Supreme Court DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional, http://rtvote.com/14xjMDH
DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act that once barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by state, was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court this morning. The act was deemed a “violation of the Fifth Amendment” according to Justice Anthony Kennedy who delivered the court’s opinion.
Prop. 8: Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in California, http://rtvote.com/18gehOU
In another ruling today, the Supreme Court dismissed Proposition 8, allowing for same-sex marriages to resume in California. The ruling will send the case back to California.
20 Bodies Found in India Rescue Helicopter Crash, http://rtvote.com/18geJwS
20 bodies were recovered today in northern India after a helicopter crashed on a rescue mission to save people stranded in monsoon floods. The helicopter crashed late Tuesday after its rotor blades hit the side of a hill. Using ropes, soldiers pulled 20 bodies, including five air force crew members, from the wreckage.
Markey looks to build ‘bold and bright future’, http://rtvote.com/14xngGl
Democratic U.S. Representative ,Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, won a seat in the U.S. Senate today. Markey beat out competitor Gabriel E. Gomez, claiming 55 percent of the votes. He will fill the seat John F. Kerry left when President Obama appointed him Secretary of State.
Al-Qaida Said to be Changing its Ways After Leaks, http://rtvote.com/11IfbzP
Al-Qaida claims to be changing its methods of communication after finding out about NSA spying programs. U.S. intelligence officials are trying to figure out a way to maintain surveillance of Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.
Paula Deen on “Today”: I’m not a racist, http://rtvote.com/18ggNVz
Paula Deen sat down with co-host of the “Today” show Matt Lauer this morning to talk about racial slurs she threw over the past week. When Lauer asked her “Are you a racist?” Deen replied, “No, I am not [...] the day I used that word was a world ago [...] it was 30 years ago.” After a little prying, Deen opened up that she had once uttered the word when a customer entered her office and held a gun to her head.
Texas Vote Passing Abortion Bill Is Rendered Moot, http://rtvote.com/14xlepx
An abortion bill, one of the strictest presented in the country, was voted on last night by the State Senate of Texas. The vote came shortly after midnight Tuesday, but at 3 a.m. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the presiding officer of the Senate and a supporter of the bill, claimed that although the bill passed on a 19-to-10 vote, the bill was unable to be signed and was thus “dead,” blaming the unruly mob in the gallery.
Jennifer Lawrence In ‘Devil You Know’: Lost 2007 Movie Resurrected After Oscar Win, http://rtvote.com/14xqyta
Stacey Dash Tweets Support For Paula Deen: ‘Only God Can Judge’, http://rtvote.com/14xqF89
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Got Baby-Naming Advice From Rob Kardashian, http://rtvote.com/18giGS5
Prince Jackson “Ready and Confident” to Take the Stand in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial, http://rtvote.com/14xrA8r