May 27th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/27/09

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  1. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    I believe that drew, is missing a screw~

    May 27, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  2. A. Mason

    How can they leave some marriages legal yet deny others?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  3. Lori from IL

    Drew Peterson is one sick individual, but not stupid - maybe he's going to try for an insanity plea!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  4. LisaL - Canada

    that lawyer story was a bit hard to follow – sounds complicated.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  5. Marcelo

    Mr Obama has proven that he is a man of his word.
    The appointment of Jugde Sotomayor is a very smart move!

    His opponents have make a big thing out of some comments
    that Mrs Sotomayor made about her expirience as as an spanish

    Being a fact that the spanic population is growing in America
    is good for the country to better understand people from yhat origen.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  6. Peter, Baltimore

    Opponents of gay marriage fear that the foundation of marriage is at stake here, if this is an issue, they should lobby to make divorce illegal, not gay marriage. About 50 % of all marriages end in divorce and therefore chip away from the very foundation they try to defend.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  7. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I think that every year somebody thinks the final results on Idol are rigged...just because the person they wanted to win didn't!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  8. Suzi, Billerica, MA

    @krasi, I wonder that too and think perhaps it is so they can still say its wrong so its more about protecting their ability to be vocally discriminatory and cruel than it is to protect straight marriage as most that it bothers claim.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  9. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Nice rhyming Mando 😀

    Now the killer attorney not so much.

    It's like the more violent Billy Flynn from Chicago!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  10. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    How many times do I have to say this? It's a civil rights issue. No one can possibly interpret any constitution as excluding any one. NOW, California has three different sets of citizens, each with different "protections" under the law. What was that our constitution talks about...oh yeah, equal protection for everyone? I wonder if the justices served this decision purposely knowing it would be eventually overturned based on these simply principles?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  11. Esma

    He killed a witness? I can't even wrap my head around the insanity of this.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  12. David, Indiana

    Goats being used to mow lawns in Maryland? Guess that saves the gas that would be used in a riding lawn mower...green power

    @Isabel, Fiat could buy GM too or a share of it?

    I'm worried about GM, that's the heart of manufacturing in the US. I wonder how manufacturing will rebalance as the auto industry comes back

    David Boies had a good observation, not being able to marry the person you love diminishes you. That's how I feel about it.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  13. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Im just curious, to those who claim that same-sex marriage is going to ruin regular marriage....how is it going to affect your marriage personally? How is it going to affect regular marriage at all? Marriage is marriage, its not going to hurt anyone.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  14. Dodie ~ California

    John King! Your interviewing process is exquisite! You have either trained for many years or you are a natural. You are clear, concise and gentle in your confrontation.

    Excellent Job!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  15. Mando in Texas

    Hey there Erica Hill
    good to see you blogging
    You took so long to get on here
    I thought you had gone jogging

    Ok corny rhyme time is over

    Good to see you Erica

    May 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Danielle

    I am sick of the gay right fight.

    I hope they get their civil rights.

    Let's all just get real and uphold the separation of church and state which was put into effect ages ago!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Krasi, Houston, TX

    Why is gay marriage such a problem to some people? If they are not forcing their believes on you personally but simply want the same rights to marry as anyone else, how much is marriage really going to impact those opposed to it? Listening to protesters, one might think they are the ones being forced to live a false life without opportunity for having a family.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  18. Greg, Austin Tx

    John I'm not sure how you're typing and broadcasting AND managing that magic wall all at the same time but, good multi-tasking.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  19. starr formerly known as vincent

    I can't beleive Ted Olsen is for gay marriage rights! But, i'm glad he is!

    Good for David Dois too! The Gay Marriage issue is one of civil rights.
    Our constitution makes Everyone Equal!

    I'm dubious re: Supreme court, but if they really believe they can do it, i'm with them.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  20. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I find it very sad that in the 21st century we are still denying people of the basic right to marry the person you love. It is ridiculous!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I'm pretty sure the word 'marriage' doesn't even show up in the Constitution. Those 'rights' not addressed in the Constitution are left to the states to decide.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  22. denese Winchester

    John, Looking forward to State of the Union. Great Job! Looking forward to hearing the whole quote from sotomayor then.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  23. ericacnn

    really interesting last question by john

    May 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  24. Dodie ~ California

    Equal protection and due process for everyone in the USA. Once you diminish this, or create an exception, then our constitution regarding same rights and freedoms are in jeopardy!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  25. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Marriage shouldn't be in the state's hand, only religion. Civil Unions are for the state. Leave marriage to the religion that practices it.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  26. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Danielle, Chrysler is shutting down four dealerships in Montana where my father is. Apparently it is only dealerships where there are multiple 'brands', if it is a full Chrysler dealership they are staying open.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  27. Lori from IL

    @ John King - that's what I love about 360 - the blogs with extensive information on these types of issues. I realize that the one hour format with several stories to cover is very limiting.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  28. Isabel, Brazil

    I’m a follower and practitioner of a religion, but do not understand why religions should meddle in this issue. People same-sex want the civil marriage, because they pay taxes, contribute to the State and are citizens.

    This is a decision that goes beyond the purely social or religious aspects. It is a matter of law. Or everyone has, or nobody has. And civil matters must be resolved in court impartial.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  29. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Clinton had his chance at N. Korea and so did Bush. Why not give the new administration a shot at it, with a clean approach?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  30. Isabel, Brazil

    People, whether homosexual or not, deserve equal rights, such as, they can marry who they want.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  31. Dodie ~ California

    @ John King

    I work for the local government in California. The proposal the state is trying to pass is outrageous! They want to dissolve social services and slash health care agency by over a billion dollars.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  32. Marian

    Since some are calling for force against North Korea, just exactly what kind of force do you suggest? Force is a very strong term and perhaps you might want to rethink just exactly what that might entail. That kind of rhetoric got us in a needless war with Iraq, which did not turn out to be the greatest idea of this century. I suppose that same thinking would be to take on Iran also, oh and don't forget Pakistan. They also have nuclear capability.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  33. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    The decision on Prop 8 was both infuriating and *illegal*. One simply cannot strip minorities of a right given to the majority. It's unprecedented, immoral, ridiculous, and unconstitutional under CA state law.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  34. johnkingcnn

    a smart and polite debate here .. and excellent points about making sure the entire quote comes into play ... and that we see what other judges and justices have said.

    we cant always satisfy everyone in one hour, when the court is just one of many pressing stories.

    but keep US honest .. and raise questions. please also, though, look at the other places where we have more on this story ... cnn.com among them. more on this here on 360 as this plays out, and i will spend a lot of time on this on sunday mornings as well.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  35. Lori from IL

    @ Terry P - what about all the European countries that have legalized gay marriage?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  36. David, Indiana

    @Isabel and I'm sure being on the bench for any length of time also leads one to be fair and impartial

    Btw nothing against twitter, but political discourse almost always requires more detail, but interesting comment from the Brazilian singer. People in a room alone talking to each other with everyone listening?

    I think North Korea's problem is that it does have responsibilities and needs to meet and need to lay the groundwork for good relations to go forward. But I guess you're right, hard to put out the fires but adding nukes to the situation

    May 27, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  37. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Miss J. No I don't 'want' to go to war. We have to be prepared to do so though or any talks will be doomed from the start. If the N.Koreans know all we will do is talk, they will ignore us like they have so far, and continue to build nukes and the missiles to deliver them. Would you rather wait to attack AFTER they have the means to retaliate with nuclear weapons?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  38. Suzi, Billerica, MA

    I know a lot of people who had to take jobs at lower salaries and less what they want to do, less convient etc over the past year, and I wonder what the long term consequences of that is... a disgruntled work force, an unstable shiftable work force, or just those of us in the middle loosing ground a little in trying to make ends meet?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  39. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    Lordy, I will be glad when gay marriage is not an issue. leave them alone! Whew!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  40. Heather MacLeod, Toronto ON

    A goat waggled its tail at the camera. That was awesome!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Danielle

    Attn: Heather
    Chrysler is shutting down in MN currently.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Lori from IL

    @John King - "the magic wall was in a bit of a mood!" LOL - Love the magic wall - glad the two of you are back on 360!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  43. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    Hi John! Love your magic wall and fingers. I think that crazy leader of North Korea is trying to do something desperate before he dies. frightening!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Matt

    @ mike Syracuse, who said "The North later reneged on the rest of the deal. You can’t globally condemn the Bush foreign policy."

    Yes, yes we can. That's what we've tried with nation;s like that for decades...sanctions, threats, etc., but it ALWAYS results in rebound. The only way to make them stop, in the long term, seeking nuclear capability or behaving in this manner is to get them to them stop wanting to and feeling that they need to. I guarantee you that strong-arming will NEVER acomplish that result.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Isabel, Brazil

    @ John King

    Even with a bit of mood, the magic wall is ... hummm ... magic! 🙂

    May 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  46. Terry P

    There is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage, just like there is no constitutional right to polygamy or concubinage. Should we legalize those too, just because some people would like it?
    No western society has ever recognized a same-sex marriage, regardless of its religious or political makeup.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  47. Suzi, Billerica, MA

    1) I don't know much about the area but perhaps North Korea’s motivation is to nuke South Korea?
    2) All countries actually have that right to say if US, China, India, etc etc have nukes then why can't we, and since we are the only ones thatr ever dropped any nukes, we have irked a lot of countries but the fact is if we have the power to stop anyone fom getting nukes, I think it is a moral duty for the more countries that have it, especially the more unstable or countries with long seated hatreds towards neighbors or insane rulers, then more likely we will have our nucelar armeggedon one day and since we let that genie out of the bottle, I think we have to try to contain it so yep we are hypocrites but with a purpose that to me is honorable.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Hello everyone! Hope evreyone's Memorial weekend was good. My father works for a Chrysler car dealership and luckily no one there is losing their job. Maybe GM declaring bakruptcy will finally show these other car companies to quit wasting the money we gave them and use it for what they need.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  49. Esma

    I dig the goat idea, has anyone seen fainting goats? They're hilarious, what they do is in their name.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  50. Cynthia, NC

    While we may be seeing small signs of an economic recovery, the unemployment numbers are staggering. We have to find ways to keep our jobs in the US and get these people back to work.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
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