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This is the chill edition, so to speak. Gay marriage in Utah is on ice, for now. Congress is back and we'll see if they defrost any action on jobless benefits. Blogger Omid Safi meditates on the meaning of a frozen heart.


  1. Let’s let the process of law making follow the course established by years of determining the validity of legal proposals. The Supreme Court has validated same-sex unions – let’s not get people who do understand the creation of laws get upset over something they have no control. Pray, yes, by all means, but please, we do not need to use the same tactics as others do.

    • The first step to doing so is to remove the barriers set up to prevent the lawmaking process. Constitutional amendment is a particularly underhanded way to circumvent the normal law making process.

      Of course the Supreme Court always had the power to strike down laws which violate Constitutional principles. In this case the 14th Amendment’s provision for equal protection under the law. When it comes to civil liberties, judge made law always preceded legislature made law. Segregation was abolished in the court system 9 years before it was finally codified into Federal law.