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Governor Abbott Statement On Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage
Office of the Governor Greg Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling:

“The Supreme Court has abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an unelected nine-member legislature. Five Justices on the Supreme Court have imposed on the entire country their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States.

“Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage.

“The Texas Constitution guarantees that ‘[n]o human authority ought, in any case whatsoever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion.’ The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion; and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, combined with the newly enacted Pastor Protection Act, provide robust legal protections to Texans whose faith commands them to adhere to the traditional understanding of marriage.

“As I have done in the past, I will continue to defend the religious liberties of all Texans—including those whose conscience dictates that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Later today, I will be issuing a directive to state agencies instructing them to prioritize the protection of Texans’ religious liberties.”

The White House Wants Your Doctor To Teach You About Global Warming
by Michael Bastasch

Americans trust their doctors, so the White House wants these medical professionals to be a mouthpiece for President Obama’s global warming agenda.

“We also need doctors, nurses and citizens, like all of you”President Obama said in a taped speech presented to medical professionals gathered at the White House, “to get to work to raise awareness and organize folks for real change.”

The Obama administration has been hard at work trying to draw a link between global warming and public health issues. The summit included the U.S. Surgeon General, top administration officials, and public health experts from around the country telling doctors, nurses and other conference goers how to talk about global warming with their patients.

The central message: doctors should warn their patients that global warming could make their health worse.

I know we have people all around the country, in all of the regions, who are also listening to this conversation, and like all of you in the room, I hope will go out and continue to talk and educate,” echoed Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Health Department.

“We need to engage medical students themselves,” said Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, “to demand the curriculum change” to prepare them for a warmer future.

Speakers at the White House summit didn’t just tell doctors to go out and raise awareness about global warming, but to also promote the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

“We need people, proponents, to talk about it. Make sure that the public is informed,” said Texas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson. “Stand behind the EPA, because they’re attacked every day, all day by many committees.”

Rep. Johnson is referring to EPA rules to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants — a regulation that has come under fire from Republicans and industries for threatening to raise energy prices and cause job losses.

The conference was also met with two conveniently-timed reports by the EPA and environmentalists highlighting how global warming could exacerbate public health problems. One of these studies, put out by the EPA, claimed that “climate change is projected to worsen air quality across large regions of the U.S.” which will exacerbate things like asthma problems, especially among children.

The other study by the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change claimed man-made warming could undo half a century of progress on improving global health. The Commission claims that warming will cause “increased heat stress, floods, drought, and increased frequency of intense storms, with the indirect threatening population health through adverse changes in air pollution, the spread of disease vectors, food insecurity and undernutrition, displacement, and mental ill health.”

The Commission’s report funding included support from the ClimateWorks Foundation and the European Climate Foundation — organizations that fund environmental groups and projects aimed at tackling global warming.

Critics of the White House summit argued the event highlighted the collusion between the Obama administration and activist groups. The pro-business Center for Regulatory Solutions (CRS) called out the White house for teaming up with the American Lung Association (ALA) to promote the tenuous link between global warming and public health.

“The involvement of the ALA in promoting and organizing today’s White House summit on climate change and health is yet another sign that the Obama administration has been co-opted by outside pressure groups, and has politicized the EPA’s decision-making process,” wrote Karen Kerrigan, president of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council — the parent group for CRS.

ALA employees featured prominently in the White House’s climate summit. ALA’s CEO was even invited to the White House to sit on a panel during the event. Another ALA activist, Susan Kiser, was invited to participate in a satellite conference at Ohio State University where she sat on a panel with other high-level Obama administration officials.

“If the facts came even close to supporting the EPA’s economically destructive plans, then Obama officials and their political allies in the environmental community would not need to carefully stage manage events like today’s so-called summit, or use other deceptive tactics to manufacture the appearance of public support for their actions,” Kerrigan wrote.

The ALA did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

Kerry meets with Zarif ahead of Iran nuclear deal deadline
by Eugene Scott, CNN

(CNN)Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Saturday morning in Vienna as the representatives for the two countries worked toward finalizing a nuclear deal.

The two met for about an hour and a half, took a roughly 90-minute break and then resumed discussions.

Asked if he was optimistic about an agreement, Kerry said, "I think it's fair to say that we're hopeful."

"We have to work to do," he added. "There are some very tough issues and I think we all look forward to getting to the final effort here to see whether or not a deal is possible. I think everybody would like to see an agreement. But we have to work through some difficult issues."

Zarif said that while there remained differences on the "issues" being discussed, both he and Kerry agree that more work is needed.

"We're determined to do everything that we can in order to be able to make this important milestone. But that depends on a lot of things and were determined to work on them and find out," Zarif said.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Wendy Sherman, under secretary of state for political affairs, were also in the meeting.

Saturday night, Kerry met for about an hour with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, a senior State Department official told CNN. The secretary offered his condolences on the terrorist attack that occurred Friday, and they discussed the attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait as well. But the bulk of their meeting was spent discussing the Iran deal.

Kerry is set to meet with Zarif again Sunday morning, and will also meet with European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini as well, the official added.

Iran and the U.N. Security Council's permanent members hope to negotiate a comprehensive nuclear deal before June 30. Until now, it has been difficult to get the Iranians to focus on the details of an agreement.

U.S. officials do not expect to have an agreement by the deadline. Sources say they hope a deal is finalized by July 3, but understand that things could last much longer.

One of the most sensitive issues needing to be addressed is granting International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors access to Iranian nuclear sites, including military ones. There seems to be less focus on making Iran confess about its past developments of a nuclear weapon than it is about current affairs and future compliance.

The second outstanding issue is related to sanctions being lifted or suspended against Iran.

What's in the Iran nuclear deal? 7 key points

CNN's Elise Labott and Laura Koran contributed to this report.
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