* The Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage in 11 more states today — the five states involved in the cases they declined to hear (leaving intact appeals court rulings overturning state bans on same-sex marriage), plus six more states covered by the circuit courts that issued those rulings. That brings the total number of states with marriage equality to 30 (plus D.C.). Something tells me a lot of Republicans are going to be reacting the way Scott Walker did:

“For us, it’s over in Wisconsin … The federal courts have ruled that this decision by this court of appeals decision is the law of the land and we will be upholding it,” Walker said.
Milwaukee County Clerk Joseph Czarnezki said he would issue marriage licenses “to everyone — same-sex, opposite-sex — immediately.” But he didn’t expect the same kind of rush to wed that he and his peers saw in June.

Weirdly, there were no reports of straight couples rushing to get divorced or selling their children to the circus.

* Marriage licenses are also already being issued to same-sex couples in Virginia, and in Utah, and in Oklahoma, and in Indiana.


* Andrew Sullivan, one of the earliest advocates of marriage equality, contemplates today’s Supreme Court ruling:

There have been many moments when individuals have tried to take credit for all this. No one should. The reason we persuaded so many in so short a time is that so many unknown private individuals – from Thanksgiving tables to church meetings to office cubicles to locker rooms – simply told the truth about who we really are. It took immense personal courage at times – and each moment someone came out, more light, more reality, seeped into the debate. The reason so many attempted the apparently impossible was because we had seen at close hand what no marriage rights meant: as spouses were kept from spouses even at the hour of death during the AIDS crisis and as our children were at risk of being taken away from us, as we grew our families.
These were elemental issues of human dignity – not abstract arguments about federal benefits or “natural law.” And this was a moral movement about the inherent dignity and equality of all of us – tapping into some of the profoundest truths from the founding of this country, and the deeper truths of our religious traditions, still sadly incapable, in many cases, of expanding, rather than constricting, the boundaries of human love. What we have right now in America is the moral majority for the dignity of every person’s capacity to love and be loved. What we have right now is the defeat of fear and fundamentalism – the two most dangerous sirens of our time.

I do wonder what the conversations in conservative think-tanks that oppose marriage equality are like today.

* Ted Cruz is outraged, outraged, outraged at today’s ruling, which he says is “judicial activism at its worst.” For those scoring at home, “judicial activism” is when a court issues a ruling you don’t like. Cruz just may be gearing up to demagogue gay marriage as part of his 2016 presidential run.

* Meanwhile, virtually no other Congressional Republicans had anything to say about this big development, which is either a measure of GOP surrender on the issue, or a reminder that Republicans are basically sitting out this major cultural transformation, or both. — gs


* Georgia Senate candidate David Perdue, who claimed in an old deposition that he’s long been a practitioner of outsourcing, is now responding to the revelation by embracing his outsourcing history with both hands:

“Defend it? I’m proud of it,” he said in a press stop at The White House restaurant in Buckhead. “This is a part of American business, part of any business. Outsourcing is the procurement of products and services to help your business run. People do that all day.”

That’s an interesting strategy, I’ll give him that. Democrats will be pushing very hard on this; we’ll see if it enables Michelle Nunn to close her four point deficit.

* David Ramsey notes an interesting development in the Arkansas Senate race: Mark Pryor is trying to appeal to young, single women with subtle allusions to the Affordable Care Act. This may well be in keeping with the belief of Dem pollster Stan Greenberg that core Dem voters are beginning to see the ACA as a reason to vote. — gs


* A new Bluegrass shows Alison Lundergan Grimes leading Mitch McConnell by 46-44. However, the average still shows Mitch with a 4-point lead, so let’s wait to see what other polls say.


* Christina Wilkie has an interesting story about Thom Tillis, Hagan’s opponent, who often touts the modesty of his roots, which included some stints in trailer parks as a child and young man:

What Tillis fails to mention in the campaign trail rags-to-riches story is that he bought a trailer park in early 2007 — an investment he hoped would increase in value while providing him rental income. But now, as he presses his run for the Senate, the story of that trailer park may cause voters to question whether Tillis used the trappings of his office as a state legislator for personal gain.
That’s because in the months after he bought the trailer park, Tillis introduced state legislation and sought political compromises that likely would have increased the value of his property.

Maybe Tillis and Terri Lynn Land can get together and compare notes.

* At the American Prospect, I looked back at the confirmation hearings of all the current Supreme Court justices, and found some startling obfuscation from the conservatives on the subject of abortion.

Back when he was flattering and pandering his way to insider influence at The Note, Halperin did a lot to popularize the concept of “the invisible primary,” the elite-dominated pre-election period when presidential candidates seek the money and influence necessary to mount a successful campaign. He remains adept at following that process, but only through the fun-house mirror of his subjects’ wildly inflated self-esteem. Republican insiders are frustrated that the GOP and the entire political system aren’t joining them in a plaintive wail for a third Bush presidency, so in a faithful reproduction of His Master’s Voice Halperin pens a column combining The Village’s ridiculously distorted idea of Jeb’s power and glory with the incredible phenomenon that America might be denied his services.
Does any of this make sense from the point of view of honest journalism? No, but that’s not Halperin’s gig, and I am quite confident he does not care about our mockery.

Don’t deprive us of mockery, Ed. It’s all some people have.