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Now Trending on Facebook: Week of August 19

This week, some statewide stories were really lighting up our Facebook page. Here’s a look at what people were talking about.

  • Pennsylvania received a waiver for parts of No Child Left Behind, something that readers had lots of thoughts on, although most said the iniative was a failure. Here’s a peek at what they had to say: Brynne Clawser - “Having graduated only 2 years ago, I feel that my hs education consisted of being taught only what would get me through the standardized testing. By the time teachers get through all that crap, theres no time to learn the things that are useful for college and life. No child left behind hasn’t done us any favors. “
  • Peopdownloadle were also VERY talkative about President Obama’s visit to Scranton – happening today.  This post was the most talked about on our page this week. Most people either railed against Obama or decried the fact that the President should be given respect, if just for the office. Take a look: Tamara Fultz - “I wish I could go. Why wouldn’t one want to hear the president of the country you live in whether you agree with his politics or not? Isn’t that part of being an informed citizen? Truly evaluating someone based on what they actually say?”
  • And finally, as Pennsylvania prepares for a landmark case involving same-sex marriage, the debate amongst commenters continues.  This was the second most talked-about issue this week.

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Gay marriage in PA: the debate is on

After the Supreme Court decision about DOMA - calling it unconstitutional - I talked to some local politicians about their views.

Rep. Lou Barletta said that he was certain the debate would be on in Pennsylvania.

And boy was he ever right.

Yesterday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of couples either wanting to get married in the Keystone state or wanting the state to recognize their marriages which were performed out of state. Reporter Rick Dandes localized it and took to Facebook to get some reader feedback.

The result: 71 comments.

untitledSo I think it’s safe to say that people are talking about it here in PA.

We’ll be keeping tabs on the lawsuit as it progresses – but one thing’s for sure.

This issue, is far from settled.

Reader reaction to DOMA and Prop 8 decisions

Yesterday morning was a crazy time here, as we – along with millions of others – waited to hear the Supreme Court’s decisions on two important cases involving gay marriage.

Here’s what they decided, in what is seen as two major victories for gay rights:

The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits.

Click here to read the complete text of the court’s opinion and dissent in the DOMA case.

The other was a technical ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court’s declaration that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. That outcome probably will allow state officials to order the resumption of same-sex weddings in the nation’s most populous state in about a month.

Readers were swift to react – on both sides of the issue. However much of it was in support of the rulings:

untitledWith the non-decision on the legality of gay marriage as a whole, this is issue is guaranteed to come up again. In my estimation, it will be soon. People are hungry to know what the highest court will rule, one way or another.

Big Supreme Court decisions coming, possibly Thursday

Today, the Supreme Court made some decisions,  you know, as they are apt to do:

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But the big ones, like decisions on gay marriage and affirmative action, weren’t released today.

The next time the court is releasing big decisions is Thursday morning.

The Supreme Court’s website has a live feed to follow along, while Twitter generally does a good job of posting real-time updates.

I’ll be on Twitter posting live then @wisashl