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Gay marriage fight ends with SCOTUS ruling

The US Supreme Court today ruled that gay couples have a right to marry anywhere in America. The ruling ended bans on gay marriages that still stood in 14 states and upheld lower courts’ opinions striking down laws in states like Arizona that defined the union between a man and a woman.

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SCOTUS: Legislative intent matters

The studies predicting doom and gloom for millions of Americans clearly weighed heavily on Roberts and the majority. Roberts explained that the ACA hinges on three “closely intertwined” measures: Insurers are forbidden from denying coverage based on a person’s health, from charging a higher premium for the same reason, and all Americans above a certain income are mandated to buy insurance or face a fine.

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The ‘purgatory’ of revenge porn

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced today that prosecutors have not been able to charge offenders in 10 cases of revenge porn because of ongoing issues with the statute covering the unlawful distribution of images. Lawmakers had failed to amend the statute before sine die this year.

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A ‘perfect’ opportunity if Obamacare collapses

Health care advocates dread the possibility that government subsidies on the federal exchanges would be struck down, but Barto would welcome a ruling against the federal government in King v. Burwell. Barto said it would provide the country its best opportunity to offer a better fix to America’s health care woes.

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Reagan walks back aide’s comments

Despite Election Director Eric Spencer’s comments to the contrary earlier this month, Reagan will continue enforcing a law requiring IEs to notify targets of attack ads within 24 hours. Secretary of state spokesman Matt Roberts said Reagan shares Spencer’s belief that the law is unconstitutional, but will not cease enforcement.

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Un momento, por favor

Amid his trip to Mexico City, Ducey issued a proclamation stating, among other things, that it is the intent of his administration to follow and enforce all court decisions regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, “and to review Arizona Executive Order 2012-06,” which Brewer issued to affirm that Arizona’s barring illegal immigrants from getting driver’s licenses extended to DACA recipients.

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

Douglas told our reporter she has chosen the group that is going to comb through Title 15 in an effort to rid schools of unnecessary mandates and administrative burdens, and it won’t include any lobbyists or “alphabet soups,” a reference to the many education groups that are generally known by their initials.

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The Pope and abortion reversal

Arizona’s law requiring doctors to tell women that a medication abortion can be reversed has its roots in a 1968 letter from Pope Paul VI. The controversial encyclical, “Humanae Vitae,” affirms the church’s ban on contraception and abortion. The encyclical set off a firestorm and was hailed and criticized by many, including bishops and Catholic theologians.

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