Americans marked LGBT Pride Day this year with an extra measure of gusto, turning out en masse at festivities on June 28 in New York and other cities to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.
Two days after the court ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, Gov. Andrew Cuomo kicked off the New York City celebration by officiating at the marriage of two men outside of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar that is considered the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement.
The decades-long debate about whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in the United States was settled when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay and lesbian couples can get married anywhere in the country.
A closer look at what it means:
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, finding that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban gay marriages.
The White House released the following text of President Barack Obama's eulogy for The Rev. Clementa Pinckney on June 26.
THE PRESIDENT: Giving all praise and honor to God. (Applause.)
Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality nationwide, President Barack Obama delivered the following remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House.
The president made his comments at about 11:15 a.m. June 26:
The Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement.
The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the landmark ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.
The Senate on June 24 handed the president a major victory by approving the controversial "fast track" authority to negotiate trade agreements in Asia and elsewhere.
The 60-to-38 vote clears the way for the president to seek final language on a trade agreement with Japan and 10 other Pacific-rim nations. Congress can ratify or reject such agreements but not change them.
Some comments on the historic Supreme Court ruling that gives same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states:
"From this day forward, it will simply be 'marriage.'" — Lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell.
Travis County, home of the Texas capital of Austin, on June 26 began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the county clerk's office said.
The Human Rights Campaign called on state officials to act with all deliberate speed to remove remaining obstacles to marriage equality.
The HRC, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group, made the call following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down bans on same-sex marriage and clearing the way for marriage equality nationwide.
Public Policy Polling surveyed the nation’s voters on the favorability of U.S. Supreme Court justices — before the biggest decisions of the term were released.
PPP, a liberal-leaning polling firm, found that voters say Ruth Bader Ginsburg is their favorite justice — as much as they have a favorite. Ginsburg won the top spot with just 19 percent.