- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015
Marriage talk dominates conservative gathering in Denver

DENVER (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum denounced the landmark gay marriage ruling Friday in a fiery speech to about 4,000 conservatives gathered in Denver.

The former Pennsylvania senator told the Western Conservative Summit that the Supreme Court’s decision making same-sex marriage the law of the land is “based on a lie.”

“We have a Supreme Court that says the only reason that you could possibly oppose changing marriage laws in America is because you hate people who want to marry people of the same sex. That is not true,” Santorum said. “It’s a decision based on a lie. Based on fundamental untruths.”

Santorum said he predicted a decade ago that gay marriage would be law nationwide without an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He stopped short of calling for a fresh effort to amend the Cponstitution, but he said the nation needs to “heal” from the decision.

“My heart aches tonight. My heart aches tonight because that family unit has further been assaulted,” Santorum said.

The crowd applauded Santorum’s remarks and gave him a standing ovation. Santorum won Colorado’s GOP presidential caucuses in 2012 and 2008.

Santorum is one of six presidential hopefuls in Denver this weekend addressing the Western Conservative Summit.

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Walker calls gay marriage ruling a ‘grave mistake’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to launch a run for president within weeks, on Friday called the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide a “grave mistake” and renewed his call for an amendment to the Constitution allowing states to determine who can marry.

The Supreme Court’s ruling does not change Wisconsin law. The state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, supported by Walker and approved by voters in 2006, was struck down by a federal judge last year clearing the way for gay couples to legally marry.

Walker’s statements on same-sex marriage have fluctuated over the years, from staunch opposition to indifference. But on Friday, Walker blasted the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.

“I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake,” he said in a statement released by his presidential “testing the waters” committee.

Walker blamed “five unelected judges” for redefining marriage, and said the only alternative left is for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution reaffirming the ability of states to define marriage.

“The states are the proper place for these decisions to be made, and as we have seen repeatedly over the last few days, we will need a conservative president who will appoint men and women to the Court who will faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws of our land without injecting their own political agendas,” Walker said.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Republican appointee, joined with the court’s four liberal justices in the opinion legalizing same-sex marriages.

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Caseworker says Burmese immigrant shot in fatal robbery

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jay Ro was peeling garlic to help his wife prepare a traditional Burmese breakfast for a guest when his 11-year-old son walked into the room - with a stranger holding a gun against the boy’s neck.

While trying to protect his son, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, (http://bit.ly/1TSF0Hmhttp://bit.ly/1TSF0Hm ), the 48-year-old Ro was shot dead by the suspected armed robber. The account of Thursday morning’s ordeal came from the family’s caseworker with Catholic Charities, Steven Xiong, who has been working with the Burmese family since 2011, when they arrived in Milwaukee from a Thai refugee camp.

“He tried to stop him (from) pointing the gun at his son’s neck. He was just trying to help, and he got shot,” Xiong said.

The Milwaukee Police Department said in a statement Friday that its investigation and the search for suspects and a motive are continuing. Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said in an email to The Associated Press that police had no further details to disclose.

The caseworker said he learned the details from Ro’s wife, Ca Tri Na, and their 11-year-old son, Thee Ku Moo. He said the family’s other three children were elsewhere in the house at the time. So were Ro’s parents.

The 11-year-old answered the doorbell and let in two men who said they were repairmen. But one of the strangers then pointed a gun at his neck and demanded money. Moo told Xiong the man dragged him from the front of the house through the living room and dining room and into the kitchen.

Na later told the newspaper through another translator that they knew the man wanted money, but didn’t know what to say in English. She also said the other man went into Ro’s parents’ first-floor bedroom, rifling for valuables while the elderly couple watched.

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Teen convicted of killing dad in Sheboygan

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - A judge has convicted a 19-year-old man accused of bludgeoning his father to death and hiding his body for nearly a week in their Sheboygan apartment.

Sheboygan Press Media (http://shebpr.es/1Iitelchttp://shebpr.es/1Iitelc ) reports Judge Terence Bourke delivered his verdict Friday. Dorrian M. Torres was 17 at the time of the killing in January 2014. He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Torres waived his right to a jury trial and claimed self-defense.

The teen testified Thursday he beat his 41-year-old father, Emilio Torres, on the head with a mallet. He said his father was angry at him for smoking marijuana and they got into a fight.

Dorian Torres faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. At minimum, he must serve 20 years in prison. A sentencing date will be set Monday.

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Information from: Sheboygan Press Media, http://www.sheboygan-press.comhttp://www.sheboygan-press.com

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