Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Tammy Baldwin: Religious freedom shouldn't extend far beyond institutions of faith: Trent Baker of Breitbart.com writes: "Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) spoke on MSNBC’s 'Up w/ Steve Kornacki' about the new ruling to grant same-sex marriage in the U.S. on Saturday. Baldwin said she thinks that business owners, like those that own a bakery, should not be allowed to turn down serving homosexuals gay wedding cakes because of religious beliefs because businesses like that are not considered institutions of faith. 'Certainly the first amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you know, to observe deeply held religious beliefs. I don’t think it extends far beyond that. We’ve seen the set of arguments play out in issues such as access to contraception. Should it be the individual pharmacist whose religious beliefs guides whether a prescription is filled, or in this context, they’re talking about expanding this far beyond our churches and synagogues to businesses and individuals across this country. I think there are clear limits that have been set in other contexts and we ought to abide by those in this new context across America.'"
The real SCOTUS victory is for marriage itself: Peter Moskowitz of Talking Points Memo writes: "Marriage went viral yesterday—and no I did not leave a word out. I’ve never seen so much discussion, so many gifs, so many memes and pull-quotes and hashtags (#lovewins), so much liking and celebrating over matrimony. Sure, ostensibly yesterday’s social media bonanza was a celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision to award same-sex couples the right to marry, but what the court did, and what we’re all celebrating, isn’t equality, but the institution of marriage itself. ... Marriage is intensely important for some. But it’s not equality. Trans people are still being killed at alarming rates, LGBTQ people make up 40 percent of the youth homeless population, and the economic divide between gay, queer and trans people of color and whites is growing." Read more.
Crucial questions remain as Iran nuclear talks approach deadline: David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon of The New York Times write: " Iran’s top nuclear negotiator was heading back to Tehran on Sunday to consult with his nation’s leadership, as negotiators remained divided over how to limit and monitor Tehran’s nuclear program and even on how to interpret the preliminary agreement they reached two months ago. With all sides now acknowledging that the talks would need to continue beyond Tuesday, once considered the absolute deadline for a final deal, officials from several nations said some of the politically difficult questions — from inspections to how fast Iran could expand its nuclear infrastructure in the waning years of an accord — are still just as vexing as they were when the 18-month negotiation odyssey began." Read more.
Lindsey Graham: Embracing idea of constitutional amendment on marriage ‘will hurt’ GOP in 2016: Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post writes: "Republican presidential hopeful Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) warned in an interview broadcast Sunday that if his party embraces the idea of pursuing a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, it will damage the Republican Party's chances of winning the 2016 election. 'I don't believe there is any chance for a constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman to get a two-thirds vote in the House or the Senate and be ratified by three-fourths of the states,' he said on NBC's 'Meet The Press.' The South Carolina senator was asked whether the official GOP platform should include an endorsement of such an amendment, as it did in 2012. His response: It's not a good idea. 'You can put it in the platform, but it will, in my view, hurt us in 2016, because it's a process that's not going to bear fruit,' said Graham." Read more.