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TheChat: Roy Blunt goes to bat for those who oppose the same-sex marriage ruling


Good morning.

▪ “We want to be sure that in this debate about what the world looks like going forward that we don’t lose sight of everybody’s deeply held religious beliefs.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, on the impact of the same-sex marriage ruling and the need to protect the rights of those who disagree with it.

Blunt, who faces re-election next year, said he plans to be in the middle of that debate. (link courtesy of

▪ “If I think that you're going to pose a threat to my freedom, it is set in my mind I want to eliminate you.” — David Zink in a videotaped confession about his murder of a 19-year-old woman in 2001 after sexually attacking her and tying her to a cemetery tree.

Zink was concerned that he would be sent back to prison after he struck 19-year-old Amanda Morton’s vehicle on an I-44 exit ramp near Morton’s home. So he brutally murdered her, and now he is asking Gov. Jay Nixon and two federal courts to block his execution, which was set for Tuesday night. Zink probably was wasting his time if he got his hopes up.

▪ “Congress must take a strong stand against sanctuary cities that support illegal immigration by giving aid and comfort to violent felons.” — Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder, a Republican, on Tuesday on his amendment, adopted by a House committee, that would withhold Homeland Security funds from cities and counties that don’t strictly enforce federal immigration laws.

Yoder’s target is so called “sanctuary cities” which allow undocumented immigrations to avoid deportation. The House Appropriations Committee backed his amendment to the annual spending bill for the Homeland Security Department by 28-21.

▪ “He just wants to make sure they (young people) don’t get unfairly stuck in the criminal justice system because they’ve made mistakes early in their lives, without the ability to ever have a second chance.” — White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett on President Obama’s support of an overhaul of the nation’s criminal justice system.

A bipartisan bill is moving through the House that has 15 Democratic sponsors and 15 Republican backers. The president meets regularly with young people of color and has talked of how they face a less forgiving environment than he did as a young man.