In today's Fiery Tuesday post, we concentrate on issues of politics as it connects to religious principles. SCOTUS on same-sex marriage; Pope Francis vs. climate change; May Day history; inequities in CA water use; the personal cost of social activism.

Supreme Court Justices are hearing arguments in a case that's likely to settle the question of same-sex marriage in the United States. This story in the New York Times describes what's at stake.

May 1 is celebrated as both Beltane and as International Worker's Day (especially in Europe.) Read up on the history of the latter at this HuffPo post.

Could Pope Francis become the world's foremost campaigner on global warming? How does a religious leader steeped in wealth and power (officially, anyway) use that influence?

The fierce drought gripping California is sharpening the deep economic divide. Now, California is trying to turn that dynamic on its head, forcing the state’s biggest water users, which include some of the wealthiest communities, to bear the brunt of the statewide 25 percent cut in urban water consumption.

Crystal Blanton writes on the personal cost of social activism from a Pagan perspective in this post on the Wild Hunt Pagan news website.