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Jan 29, 2015

The Supreme Court will finally hear arguments on two issues: whether states have the right to ban gay marriage, and whether states must recognize out-of-state gay marriages under the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution. We'll know by the end of June which way this goes.

In the meantime, count on conservative politicians at the state and local level to try to make life difficult for gay couples (and secular folk, for that matter) to get married. Several counties in Florida are already refusing to conduct courthouse ceremonies, lest they be forced to marry gays. And Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma have introduced bills to abolish courthouse ceremonies altogether, fire clerks who issue marriage certificates to gays, impeach judges who rule in favor of gay marriage, and even make it against the law to challenge these things in court!

Plus:

Christians on the warpath! Mike Huckabee (who half-jokingly favors mandatory America-is-a-Christian-Nation education at gunpoint) also thinks the United States is currently a "secular theocracy." (Huh?) A recent poll shows support for TORTURE is highest among evangelical Christians. Pat Robertson advocates corporate punishment for kids who disrespect their Christian grandparents. And a New Jersey preacher is in hot water after claiming to have "crumpled" a kid who wasn't taking God seriously. Whatever happened to turning the other cheek?