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June 30th, 2013
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SOTU Crib Sheet for June 30

Today on “State of the Union” David Boies, the attorney who led the fight against Proposition 8 in California, said he’ll push to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Boies didn’t say which states he’d target next, but added “there isn't any state that we're giving up on.” John Eastman, president of the National Organization for Marriage, warned that same-sex marriages “[weaken] the bonds of the institution” of marriage between men and women. He added, “we are manufacturing a right to redefine marriage and impose it no matter whether the state or the country wants to have that redefinition. That's judicial tyranny.”

Two key lawmakers who are directly involved in the House negotiations on immigration reform sparred over the way forward. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) member of the bipartisan House Gang accused his republican colleagues of looking out for their own interests. “What the House Republicans are doing is giving a Republican solution. And a Republican solution isn't what we saw was successful in the Senate,” he said. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee countered, “We want to work with Luis and others to do a bill, but not the Senate bill. And the compromise is going to have to come both in getting a bill out of the House and then in going to conference with the Senate to work out the differences.”

HIGHLIGHTS

David Boies, attorney who led the fight against Proposition 8
“I think there are lots of states. I don't want to get in today with what are the states that we're going to target first or anything like that because there isn't any state that we're giving up on. There isn't any state we're taking for granted, but there isn't any state we're giving up on, either. Our goal is to have marriage equality that's guaranteed by the United States constitution enforced in every single state in the union.”

John Eastman, Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage
“The harm that is going to happen here is the weakening of the bonds of the institution designed around the unique procreative abilities of men and women, and that's not going to be something that happens overnight. It's going to take root over time, just as the harm that's flowed from loosening the divorce laws and going to no- fault divorce and kind of just utter weakening of the cultural institution behind marriage and the cultural support of that.”

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
“We would love to have a bipartisan group produce a bill, because it would help to inform the House, just like the Senate bill helped to inform the Senate. But 70 percent of the Republicans in the Senate voted against the immigration bill. Republicans are in the majority in the House. We want to work with Democrats. We want to work with Luis and others to do a bill, but not the Senate bill. And the compromise is going to have to come both in getting a bill out of the House and then in going to conference with the Senate to work out the differences.”

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), member of the House Gang on immigration
“We cannot put compromise to one side. We need an American solution. What the House Republicans are doing is giving a Republican solution. And a Republican solution isn't what we saw was successful in the Senate. What happened in the Senate was that Republicans and Democrats decided that bipartisanship was going to lead to a solution, that compromising was going to lead to a solution. They understood that either you gave it an American solution or you were going to get no solution at all. And I think what's happening in the House of Representatives is that there isn't a conversation like the one and a dialogue like the one you saw in the Senate.”


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