The big news of the day are two U.S. Supreme Court rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (which all five members of West Virginia supported when it passed in 1996), and California’s Proposition 8.
While state gay rights activists are understandably pleased with the rulings, the decisions will have limited effects on gay and lesbian couples within West Virginia. Click here to read Dave’s full story.
In other news…
- Yesterday President Barack Obama, in a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday, announced his administration would put stricter limits on coal-burning power plants that emit “carbon pollution” into the atmosphere. West Virginia’s congressional delegation quickly condemned the plan, with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., calling the president’s actions “tyrannical.”
- Dave also has this story about members of the West Virginia Legislature packing heat. The issue came to light during last week’s interim meetings in Wheeling, when Del. Kelly Sobonya, R-Cabell, dropped her purse during a photo opportunity with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and a handgun fell out.
- From Daily Mail business editor Jared Hunt, Del. Doug Reynolds, D-Cabell, is set to purchase the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
- Also from Jared, local dealership owner Joey Holland is suing the federal government over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which he says would require him to pay for contraception and abortions, which are against his religious beliefs.