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Two weeks ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy used soaring rhetoric to declare the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a women, violated the Constitution. But that only applied to denying federal benefits to same-sex couples. Gay marriage, he said, is up to the states, and only 13 states have made it legal — while it’s banned in 29 state constitutions. (The Court also restored same-sex marriage in California.) In a scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia predicted that state bans on same-sex marriage would soon be ended. We hear how Kennedy’s conflicted ruling has led to state-by-state battles, in a war that may not end until another US Supreme Court decision.

Photo from West Hollywood as gay marriage supporters rally after today’s rulings. More here.

On today’s To the Point,” Warren talked with Andrew Kohut, President of the Pew Research Center about whether younger generations are more supportive of same-sex marriage. Kohut says yes. But in the clip below, Ryan Anderson from the Heritage Foundation and author of the book, “What is Marriage?” disagrees. 

Ahead of the Supreme Court hearings on Prop. 8 and DOMA, gay marriage advocates held a vigil at LA City Hall. More here.  

In Colorado and Washington states, it’s not just medical marijuana any more. Recreational pot was legalized by the voters on Tuesday. In Washington State, Maine and Maryland on Tuesday, voters approved same-sex marriage — the first time that’s ever happened in any US election. In Minnesota, a constitutional ban was turned down, after 30 previous efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. Will the Obama Justice Department back away from enforcing federal laws against marijuana now that more and more voters have spoken? Will the US Supreme Court look at the election returns if it decides to rule on DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act?


Warren Olney chats with the National Journal’s Matt Vasilogambros about the Dem’s official embrace of gay marriage.