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What dropping the ban on gay leaders means for the Boy Scouts

July 28, 2015
Last night, the Boy Scouts of America voted to end a ban on leaders who are openly gay. The policy would allow exceptions for church-sponsored scout units, but several religious organizations are either apprehensive or in opposition. Gwen Ifill discusses the change with Zach Wahls, executive director of Scouts for Equality.
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Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Raises Questions Of Religious Rights, Tax Status

July 17, 2015
Tom Gjelten | NPR
Religious colleges worry that if they stick to their convictions, they may lose tax-exempt status. That happened to Bob Jones University in 1983 because it continued to prohibit interracial dating.
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What Other Activists Can Learn From the Fight for Gay Marriage

July 14, 2015
Molly Ball | The Atlantic
The movement for gay marriage is one of the most successful issue campaigns of the last several decades, having convinced the American public—and the Supreme Court—that an issue once considered ridiculous was a matter of basic rights.
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Hillary Clinton offers some social-media reassurance to gay youth

July 6, 2015
Robert Costa | The Washington Post
In a gesture that fused her campaign’s aggressive social-media outreach to younger voters with her solidarity with the gay rights movement, Hillary Rodham Clinton has offered reassurance and support to an apprehensive gay youth.
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Legal battles remain on U.S. gay rights despite momentous ruling

June 29, 2015
Joan Biskupic | Reuters
The U.S. Supreme Court's declaration on Friday of a right to same-sex marriage resolved a momentous question, yet the ruling left many others unanswered and is likely to spark future legal battles over gay rights.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare & Affirms Right to Marry for Gay Couples and Charleston Shooting Reignites Conversation About Race in America

June 26, 2015
Affordable Care Act survives Supreme Court challenge and marriage equality spreads to all 50 states
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Landmark: Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide

June 26, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday made marriage for same-sex couples legal nationwide, declaring that refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples violates the Constitution.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
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Republicans noisily outraged — and quietly relieved — over court decision

June 26, 2015
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
Even as Republicans rose in a chorus of outrage Thursday over the Supreme Court’s refusal to gut the Affordable Care Act, party leaders were privately relieved.
From the Vault

Gay Rights at the Supreme Court in 1996

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May 24, 1996
With the Supreme Court ruling expanding marriage recognition to same-sex couples in all 50 states, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to another opinion written by Justice Kennedy nearly 20 years ago that began a string of gay rights cases at the Supreme Court.
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