The U.S. Supreme Court on June 29 dealt a setback to opponents of the death penalty, endorsing Oklahoma's method of lethal injection.
June 29 marked the conclusion of the court's 2014-2015 term.
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.
Rancor over America's use of capital punishment erupted at the U.S Supreme Court on June 29, the final day of its annual session, as four justices read dueling opinions aloud and two suggested the outright abolition of the death penalty.
Justice Stephen Breyer, speaking for himself and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said the safeguards that accompanied the 1976 high-court reinstatement of the death penalty have failed. Breyer said more than 100 death row convicts had been exonerated in recent decades and some innocent people had been wrongly put to death.
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 Supreme Court's Arizona ruling on June 29 determined the fate of the state's bid to remove partisan politics from the process of drawing districts for its members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In this 5-4 ruling, conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the court's four liberals in backing an independent commission approved by the state's voters to draw the districts.
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.