The glacial pace of social change hit a tipping point this week when the Supreme Court ruled that married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits and allowed same-sex marriages in California. The victory produced a passionate dissent from Justice Antonin Scalia. A victory for sanity? A step in a continuing process? A lost opportunity to declare a human right? Perhaps just what marriage needed to appear cool again.

The court also struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, setting up contradictory standards for federal versus state rights, and the Senate passed a bill that would produce a sweeping immigration overhaul, but House Republicans have declared the legislation dead on arrival.

Can Barack Obama fix climate change all alone? He produced a series of executive measures this week that could put global warming at the center of his presidential priorities.

Then, an example of two politicians who stand for something — Wendy Davis and Nelson Mandela.

Joining Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and host Matt Miller are Byron York of Washington Examiner with the conservative view and Chrystia Freeland of Thomson Reuters Digital from the center.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.


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