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  • The stay in the above matter is dissolved immediately.
    With those words, the 9th Circuit lifted the stay of Judge Vaughan Walker's ruling that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. Same-sex marriages in California have now begun.
  • California's Attorney General Kamala Harris was on hand in San Francisco to officiate our state's first same-sex wedding since they once again became legal yesterday afternoon:
    At 4 p.m., a spokesman for the attorney general's office confirmed that Harris was about to begin officiating the marriage of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a Berkeley couple who were two of the four plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case decided this week.

    "About to marry the #Prop8 plaintiffs Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier. Wedding bells are ringing!" Harris tweeted Friday afternoon.

    The name "Perry" may sound familiar: as one of the lead plaintiffs, Kristin gave her name to this legal struggle through several iterations, including Perry v. Schwarzenegger and Hollingsworth v. Perry
  • Although there won't be a public inauguration until Sunday, the City of Los Angeles has a new mayor: Eric Garcetti was legally sworn in yesterday as the successor to Antonio Villaraigosa.
  • Classy move by the Chicago Blackhawks organization. After beating the Boston Bruins in six games to claim the Stanley Cup (this is hockey we're talking about), the Blackhawks took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe to thank the city for its hospitality to their fans.
  • Want to make like Wendy Davis and stage a prolonged filibuster? Mother Jones has a handy guide for how to...uh...take care of your business while still staying in the game.
  • Perhaps the only thing that can rival Wendy Davis in political popularity right now? The shoes she was wearing while she did it. They're now becoming a big hit on Amazon.
  • Interested in seeing some photos from Netroots Nation 13 in San Jose? Just visit Flickr!
  • This is not pretty. Conservative "commentator" Erick Erickson decides to go with full-bore truthiness regarding the plight of the working class in America. Paul Krugman (or, as digby calls him, Krgthulu) decimates Erickson in a delightful way. Read the whole thing.
  • Again, over at digby's place, David Atkins had a two-fer yesterday--first quoting Natasha Chart's must-read on her pregnancy experience before concluding:
    First and foremost, it's cruel, arbitrary and monstrous to tell any woman that she must simply carry a fetus to term as if it were a mere minor inconvenience. Beyond the mere principle of civil rights and freedom involved, it's an insult to women that severely underestimates the expense and danger involved in pregnancy. Some pregnancies go very smoothly, but many do not.

    Secondly, however, it's particularly monstrous in the context of a society that does not provide remotely adequate worker protections for pregnancy, childbirth, post-natal care and nursing--for women or men for that matter. To tell women what they can do with their bodies and to underestimate the problems with pregnancy is horrible enough. To do so while failing to provide free universal healthcare and worker protections isn't just patriarchal and monstrous, but downright punitive.

    It's the result of a sick, twisted culture whose highest priority is punishing women for daring to have sex outside of their husband's strict jurisdiction. And every culture that places punishing women for being sexual beings ahead of basic human rights should be humbled and brought to heel, with half its population emancipated from the monsters who would shackle them to their wombs.

    He also had this to say about a study showing that the provisions of the Affordable Care Act will actually reduce abortion rates:
    But for conservatives, the goal has never been actually reducing the number of abortions. It has always been about controlling women's sexual freedom. Expanded sex education and health coverage gives women greater sexual freedom while reducing abortions, so on balance conservatives hate that. Given the choice between more abortions and more freedom for women, conservatives will pick more abortions every time.

    And that tells you everything you need to know.

    What David said.

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