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TheChat: Anthony Kennedy emerges as gay rights icon

Maybe this week will be a little quieter than last, which ranks as one of the best weeks for news in awhile:

▪ “It’s impossible to overstate his importance.” — Camilla Taylor, counsel and director of Lambda Legal’s marriage project, on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s impact on the fight for gay rights.

Turns out that Kennedy has written every major opinion in support of LGBT citizens for the last 20 years.

▪ “Donald Trump is like watching a roadside accident. Everybody pulls over to see the mess. And Trump thinks that’s entertainment. But running for president is serious. And the risk for the party is he tarnishes everybody.” — former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer on Trump’s candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination.

The GOP is nervous about the loose canon that is Donald Trump and how he might damage the Republican brand.

▪ “The media is giving Bernie a pass right now.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, on the Vermont senator who’s challenging Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination.

McCaskill said she rarely reads that Sanders is a socialist. She said his shortcomings will become clear soon. (link via

▪ “The only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.” — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a GOP presidential candidate, in a statement following the Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling.

Rival candidate Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina senator, disagreed, saying a constitutional amendment is impractical because the tide of public opinion has turned so dramatically in favor of gay marriage.