Reader: Marriage battle continues in NY, Rep. Weiner quits, NC cuts PP funding, Supremes upholds Pledge, and praise for ConanBy
Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.
- To put pressure on the New York State Senate, the lower chamber just passed a bill to legalize so-called ‘same-sex marriage’ by a 80-63 vote. With Gov. Andrew Cuomo ready and willing to sign the bill, the last chance to stop marriage redefinition is in the New York State Senate. The New York Daily News notes the margins are razor thin: “Currently, 31 senators, including two Republicans, have publicly supported the bill. Thirty-two are needed to pass a bill in the chamber.”
- Rep. Anthony Weiner is going to resign from Congress today because of his sexting scandal. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be tasked with setting a date for the special election. The National Journal notes that Republicans have a decent shot of capturing the seat because of a surge in GOP voters in the district over the last 10 years.
- North Carolina became the third state to fully defund Planned Parenthood. Blogger Ann Leary notes that Indiana and now North Carolina both voted for Obama in 2008 but have since decided to cut all state funding to the nation’s leader in committing abortions.
- The Supreme Court rejected Michael Newdow‘s latest attempt to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Catholic blogger Elizabeth Scalia thinks that comedian Conan O’Brien gave a brilliant and thoughtful commencement address at Dartmouth College.