Wiretap: Utah’s gay marriage emergency

Utah has apparently decided that the refusal of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to grant a stay against gay marriages is an emergency. They see the emergency in the thousand or so same-sex couples–in Utah!–who have already been married. So they’re going to ask the Supreme Court to intervene, which is apparently quite unusual, but not as unusual as the sight of people taking advantage of the unexpected right for all to marry.

Here’s the emergency: Salt Lake County has set a record for most marriage licenses issued in a day. Via the New Yorker.

Predictably, the new Benghazi story has been a little hard for some Republicans to take. You could almost feel sorry for them. Via the New York Times.

A feel good story for New Year’s: Out of jobs, out of benefits, out of luck. David Frum via CNN.

Gender equality alert: The House of Lords may become the House of Downton. Via the Atlantic.

If you like your politics simple, National Journal’s¬†list of 2013 winners and losers.

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