DAYBREAK DAILY: Cuccinelli, McAuliffe react to same-sex marriage rulings

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Two pedestrians stuck and killed by CSX freight train in Montgomery County; rising concerns about sexual assaults in the District; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

PREDICTABLE: Of responses, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act underscored the differences between Virginia's candidates for governor on same-sex marriage.

“Democrat Terry McAuliffe hailed the ruling while Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee, underscored his support for maintaining the traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman. As Virginia lawmakers weighed in on the historic ruling, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, expressed disappointment in the decision.” { }

MEANWHILE: A predictable coalition, per the Washington Post, “A group of conservative House Republicans blasted the decisions on same-sex marriage issued Wednesday by the Supreme Court as legally inconsistent and detrimental to the future of the nation’s children. One lawmaker pledged to soon file a constitutional amendment to reinstate the Defense of Marriage Act.

“A narrow radical majority of the court has substituted their personal views for the constitutional decisions of the American voters and their elected representatives,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.). “My response will be later this week to file a federal marriage amendment.”

AND THIS: Of branding, per the Los Angeles Times, “Pastor Jim Franklin was one of the leading voices supporting California’s 2008 gay marriage ban. He spoke passionately about the importance of traditional marriage from the pulpit of Cornerstone Church in Fresno and led rallies against gay unions.

“. . . After the Supreme Court ruled, Franklin fielded questions from reporters, calling it a “sad day.” Franklin said the political dynamics surrounding gay marriage have changed significantly since 2008. Moreover, people who share his opposition to gay marriage feel increasingly stigmatized by those who brand them as intolerant.

“If you are for traditional marriage you must be a bigot, a hater.... No one wants to be called that, or labeled that,” he said. He stressed that he and other opponents do not have any “animosity toward those in the gay community … but that doesn’t change my understanding of society and traditional values.”

MEANWHILE: Of money, per the New York Times, “Gay couples have long had second-tier status when it came to their finances — many things were more complicated, like filing tax returns, and often more costly, like health insurance.

“Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, some of these issues will be wiped away. The ruling makes clear that married gay couples living in states that recognize their unions will immediately gain access to more than 1,000 federal benefits, like Social Security and family leave rights. Less certain is how couples living in the remaining 37 states will fare.”

POLITICO PLAY: “The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decisions managed to do the impossible: get gay rights advocates and conservative Justice Antonin Scalia to agree.

“By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition,” Scalia warned. Precisely, say the prospective challengers. “Scalia’s dissent is absolutely on the money,” American Civil Liberties Union executive director Anthony Romero told POLITICO. “It’s going to open the floodgates for litigation applying equal protection standards to laws discriminating against LGBT people.”

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BEARING DOWN: What’s up with the bears?, per ABC7—WJLA, “In the second time in less than a week, a bear was captured Wednesday in the D.C. area. Washington Humane Society animal control officers tranquilized and then captured the young bear near 49th Street and Glenbrook Lane in Northwest.”

DISTRICT WAGES: Measure improves them, per City Paper, “The D.C. Council passed the hotly debated bill Wednesday afternoon to require large retailers to pay their employees a living wage of $12.50 an hour. The 8-5 vote on the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013 came after nearly an hour of contentious debate.”

TEXAS TWO-STEP: Of abortion, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “After a one-woman filibuster and a raucous crowd helped derail a GOP-led effort to restrict Texas abortions, Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that he's calling lawmakers back next week to try again.

“Perry ordered the Legislature to meet July 1 to begin 30 more days of work. Like the first special session, which ended in chaos overnight, the second one will include on its agenda a Republican-backed plan that critics say would close nearly every abortion clinic across the state and impose other widespread limits on the procedure.”

FIRES GONE WILD: Of starting a blaze, per the Denver Post, “As the West Fork complex continues to rage in southwestern Colorado, investigators in the Black Forest fire said Wednesday they have narrowed the point of origin to a wooded area, but they still don't know the cause of the fire that began June 11 and destroyed more than 500 homes and killed two people. With "a high degree of certainty," the El Paso County Sheriff's Department has ruled out natural causes, such as lightning, according to a news release issued Wednesday.”

HAILING A CAB: But in a different way, per the Washington Times, “A prominent Chinatown restaurant owner and his son have been accused by prosecutors of passing a bribe to the head of the D.C. Taxicab Commission in a scheme to circumvent the city’s moratorium on new cab companies. Tony Cheng and his son arranged from November 2010 through June 2011 to make payments and give a cut of profits to the then-chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission in exchange for backdating paperwork in order to start two cab companies, according to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the District.”

A WARNING IN MARYLAND: Of rising waters, per the Baltimore Sun, “Saying climate change is already underway, a panel of scientists is urging Maryland officials to plan to accommodate rising seas of up to 2 feet along the state's shoreline in the next 40 years — and perhaps nearly 6 feet by the end of the century. In a report to be released Wednesday and commissioned by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the group of 21 scientists from Maryland, Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states said recent, more sophisticated studies suggest that sea level is rising faster than forecast just five years ago.”

AARON HERNANDEZ: Just the facts, per the Boston Globe, “Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez executed his acquaintance Odin L. Lloyd because Hernandez was upset that Lloyd had spoken at a Boston nightclub on June 14 with people Hernandez “had troubles with,” a prosecutor alleged Wednesday. . . Hernandez’s arraignment came after a week of suspense in which media had camped out in front of Hernandez’s home and followed his car by helicopter, in a futile search for details from tight-lipped law enforcement officials. Residents in Massachusetts and beyond have been riveted by the story of a highly paid professional athlete who may have squandered a bright future.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Arizona 3-2.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Maryland Republican Dan Bongino, who will be asked about his bid for the congressional seat now held by freshman Democrat John Delaney.

--Skip Wood