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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.
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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.

Justice Anthony Kennedy: The Decider

June 10, 2015
Justice Anthony Kennedy has developed a reputation as "the decider" of big Supreme Court cases on divisive issues from gay rights to race.

Justice in Baltimore for Freddie Gray, Gay Marriage at the Supreme Court & Bernie Sanders Challenges Hillary Clinton

May 1, 2015
Charges have been filed against six officers in Baltimore and SCOTUS justices weigh same-sex marriage case.
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Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court

April 30, 2015
Joan Biskupic | Reuters
If the U.S. Constitution covers a right to same-sex marriage, conservative Supreme Court justices asked on Tuesday, would clergy be exempted from performing such marriages or religious colleges spared from offering housing to gay couples?
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‘Millennia’ of Marriage Being Between Man and Woman Weigh on Justices

April 29, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
For thousands of years, in societies around the globe, marriage has meant the union of a man and a woman. “And suddenly,” said Justice Stephen G. Breyer, “you want nine people outside the ballot box” to change that by judicial fiat.
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How will gay marriage play as a GOP campaign issue for 2016?

April 28, 2015
Gwen Ifill talks to Tamara Keith of NPR and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report about Republicans’ reactions to the debate on gay marriage, whether questions about foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation has become a liability for Hillary Clinton, and whether Jeb Bush’s last name is a problem for his presidential campaign.
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Gay marriage ruling a foregone conclusion?

April 28, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
It’s come to this: Even those who most strongly oppose gay marriage think the Supreme Court is likely to support a constitutional right to same-sex unions — and are looking beyond Tuesday’s legal arguments to demand that Congress intervene.
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