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One Union: What does the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage mean?

Written by The AP Saturday, 27 June 2015 07:06

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:

Timeline in the push for marriage equality

Written by Reuters Friday, 26 June 2015 10:45

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.

Abstinence spokeswoman Bristol Palin announces second unwed pregnancy

Written by WiG reports Friday, 26 June 2015 06:08

After becoming a millionaire promoting abstinence-only birth control, Bristol Palin is again pregnant out of wedlock, she announced in a recent blog post.

South Carolina lawmakers agree to debate removal of Confederate flag

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 13:36

South Carolina lawmakers took their first step toward removing the Confederate battle flag from their Statehouse grounds June 23, as protesters outside demanded the flag come down in response to the hate-crime killings of nine people inside their historic black church.

The measure enabling lawmakers to debate the flag removal later this summer needed two-thirds approval. It passed the House by a vote of 103-10. The Senate later approved it with a voice vote.

Transcript: President Obama's remarks on marriage equality ruling

Written by President Barack Obama Friday, 26 June 2015 11:11

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: 

Supreme Court ruling a triumph for equality

Written by By Lawrence Hurley,
For Reuters
Friday, 26 June 2015 10:37

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.

'Fast track' chugs through Senate

Written by The AP Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:06

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.

Republicans with presidential aspirations rushed on June 22 to embrace South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol.

They were eager to move past an issue that challenges the GOP's effort to win over the diverse coalition of voters it likely needs to win back the White House.

Same-sex couples get licenses in Texas

Written by Jon Herskovitz,
Reuters
Friday, 26 June 2015 10:49

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.

HRC calls on state officials to remove obstacles to marriage without delay

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 26 June 2015 09:31

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.

Scales of justice: Ginsburg No. 1 in opinion poll

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 17:57

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.

Monument to Mother Jones rededicated in Illinois

Written by The AP Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:07

The monument to "the grandmother of all agitators" in Mount Olive, Illinois, has been rededicated.

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones requested burial among the rank-and-file workers in the Union Miners Cemetery when she died in 1930.