(CNN) — A federal appeals court on Monday affirmed a previous injunction of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, another setback for legislation that has drawn sharp opposition from President Barack Obama’s administration.
In its ruling, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sided with the U.S. Justice Department and against Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the measure known as SB 1070 into law last year.
Eat it, Mike Pence.
President Obama believes that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and will no longer defend the 15-year-old law in federal court, the Justice Department announced today.
The decision, which stunned and delighted gay rights activists, means that the administration will withdraw its defense of ongoing suits in two federal appeals circuits and will leave it to Congress to defend the law against those challenges. It will remain a party to the lawsuits. The law itself remains in effect.
DOMA, signed by President Clinton in 1995, allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages preformed in other states and provides a federal definition for “marriage” that exempts same-sex couples. (more)
RHPolitics: BREAKING: All Democratic Wisconsin State Senators have left the state to avoid orders from State Senate Majority Leader... ›
The State Senate has convened in Wisconsin to discuss, debate and possibly vote on Governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget bill, but not all the Senate members are there; all Democrats in the Senate are absent.
Law enforcement officials are looking for at least one Democratic senator to bring in for a quorum required for a fiscal measure, but River Hills Republican Senator Alberta Darling claimed to Newsradio 620 WTMJ that all the Democrats got on one bus and left the state.
As observers in the senate chamber were shouting over the microphoned senators, a roll call was happening with no Senate Democrat in the chambers, and the discussion, debate and vote cannot occur because a 3/5ths quorum cannot be reached.
“The senate is now under a call of the house, and we will try to find the members who decided not to show up for work today. We will stand informal pending the resolution of the call of the house,” said State Senator Mike Ellis.
A staff member for Senator Lena Taylor (D.-Milwaukee) said that office staffers cannot even leave their office because of the commotion inside the Capitol.
With the Democrats gone, not enough Senators are available for a quorum to vote on the bill.
“We do not have the 3/5th’s” said Ellis to cheers in the crowd.
“We will leave the call of the house on until we receive enough members to continue to do business. I don’t know how long that will take.”
“Once we have enough people to continue to work, if they’re still in the building, you will hear this bell and the Senate will be reconvened.”
The wait could happen for as long as hours, or even days, until a Democratic senator comes in.
The Senators said they don’t expect to return until next week.
They literally got on a bus, went to Illinois, and checked into Best Western. This is the best thing I have seen all day!