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March 24th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

State of the Union Crib Sheet for Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gun violence strikes close to home. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper mourns the death of his close friend the same day he signs broad gun control legislation, including a ban on sales of magazines capable of carrying more than 15 rounds of ammunition.
Plus an exclusive interview with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on the bureaucratic backlog facing returning soldiers are facing

Finally, the Supreme Court will hear arguments this week that could change the way the law treats marriage. California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Americans Defending Freedom Vice President Austin Nimocks on the cases that have people already lined up at the Court to witness.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) on the nightmare he faced this week:

"I mean the whole week was, I sort of felt like I was caught in a nightmare I couldn't wake up from. All these things kept happening that were people that I loved and they didn't seem to be connected in any way."

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on the plan to end the backlog:

"We can go and take those numbers and drill down into them, but again our commitment is we're going to end the backlog in 2015. This has been decades in the making, 10 years of war. We're in paper, we need to get out of paper, we still get paper from DOD and other agencies. We have commitments that in 2014 we will be electronically processing our data and sharing it."

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) on equal protection:

"This is a matter of equal protection under the law, and as it relates to a fundamental right, the court will hold that under the highest level of scrutiny.  And in this case what we are arguing and what I think most people believe and I know that the majority of Americans believe it, the majority of Californians believe it, the majority of Catholics in this country believe it, which is that same sex couples should be afforded equal status under the law as those that are not."

Austin Nimocks of the Alliance Defending Freedom on the same-sex marriage debate:

"What marriage is about is bringing together the two opposite halves of humanity for a deep social good.  And that's why as President Obama himself said, there are people of good will on both sides of this issue.  What we need the Supreme Court to do is not try to short circuit this debate.  We need to keep the debate alive."

Called to duty, then buried in paperwork

Gov. John Hickenlooper: Gun control, “a tough sell”

On the death of Colorado Prison Chief Tom Clements

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