Reader: Marriage battle continues in NY, Rep. Weiner quits, NC cuts PP funding, Supremes upholds Pledge, and praise for Conan

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.


  • Bill

    When this Country was founded, only men who owned land were eligible to serve in office and to vote. In other words, people who had something at stake. Today no one of any substance finds public office attractive, preferring, instead, to manage politics behind the scenes.
    That is why the persons whose egos require they run for office are so often either riff-raff or buffoons. I would not invite any of them to my home.

  • Heidi

    Weiner is resigning. Do you think that democrats are held to a higher standard than Republicans? Take David Vitter. Still employed and didnt he have sex with prostitutes, and something about him dressing in diapers? I think Weiner is disgraced and should resign, but why don’t Republicans hold their own to the same standard? Don’t you think it should be that way? Afterall, what Vitter did is way worse.

    • Joshua Mercer

      Yeah, I think Vitter should have resigned. Just as I thought Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. Larry Craig should have resigned. I’m also glad that Speaker Boehner was able to convince Rep. Chris Lee to resign. If your wife can’t trust you, then I can’t trust you.

      • Heidi

        So since you think he should have resigned, why didnt you cover him like you did Weiner on here? Again, I ask. Are Democrats held to a higher standard? If so, then why? I saw Anthony Weiner mentioned on Catholic Vote many many times. Yet, I dont recall any mention of Vitter. Maybe you did. But not in the same light. Why is that? Is that because you hold Democrats to a higher standard? If so why? I really would like to understand that. Simply agreeing that he should have resigned, but not writing about it, not pushing it and getting other people to react to it, I would just like to understand why some things go under the radar, and other things you shed light on. Also, did you hear about the 15 people in Florida being arrested for feeding the homeless? Did you know they have laws passed where you are unable to feed the homeless? It really got me thinking about solidarity. What better place to start than laws on banning the feeding of the homeless? See when laws like this are passed and accepted in common society, how then can we have faith in the principle of solidarity? It really has my gears going.



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