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Today The Guardian published an article titled “Wendy Davis abortion filibuster ends in chaotic dispute over midnight vote.”
The article reads:
An attempt to block a controversial abortion bill in the Texas state legislature ended in chaos after a day of high procedural drama, led by state senator Wendy Davis and fanned by nationwide support on social media, culminated in a hotly contested vote.
Republicans said the bill, which would severely restrict access to abortion in the state, passed the Republican-dominated legislature within a midnight deadline.
But reporters watching the vote were clear that it was not completed until after midnight. The Guardian, monitoring the debate on a live stream, judged a roll call was not finished until 12.01am local time at the earliest.
The Texas lieutenant governor eventually conceded defeat.
A HISTORIC MOMENT
USA Today published an article titled “Gays celebrate court rulings on same-sex rights.”
The article reads:
Gays celebrated Wednesday’s landmark Supreme Court rulings that will allow same-sex marriages to resume in California and ended a federal ban on same-sex couples in 12 states receiving federal benefits when they are legally married.
The court, in a 5-4 ruling, invalidated a provision of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, that has prevented legally married same-sex couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. About 45 minutes later, in another 5-4 ruling, the court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. It said the people who appealed a ruling that the Proposition 8 ban was unconstitutional did not have standing to appeal, so the Supreme Court could not decide the case.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday PolicyMic published an article titled “Shelby County v. Holder: The Opinion In Plain Simple English.”
The article reads:
In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance. The South has changed, SCOTUS said, and the rules have, too. The way the federal government intervenes in voting law will have to change massively as a result.
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