1. Another New England state legalizes gay marriage – a reminder of the difference geography makes

Delaware, Continuing a Trend, Becomes the 11th State to Allow Same-Sex Unions, The New York Times (Erik Eckholm)The Middle Man, The New Yorker (Ryan Lizza)

2. The morality tale of Mark Sanford’s election

How Mark Sanford Won, The Washington Post (Christ Cillizza and Sean Sullivan)

Comeback Achieved, Sanford Takes Spotlight, New York Times (Kim Severson)

3. Cannot assume “Christianity” is conservative Christianity, or bears any resemblance

Religion Beyond the Right, The New York Times (Frank Bruni)U.S. Military Should Put Religious Freedom at the Front Washington Post (Sally Quinn)