The US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Gay Marriage
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The US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Gay Marriage

Two different five-vote Supreme Court majorities made rulings today that advance the cause of same-sex marriage in the United States. The Court threw out the Defense of Marriage Act and paved the way for same-sex marriage in California. Also, last night's 13-hour filibuster over abortion law in Texas.

Banner image: Del Martin (center L) and Phyllis Lyon (center R) are married by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at City Hall in San Francisco, Monday, June 16, 2008, becoming the first officially married same-sex couple after California's Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool) bilericoproject

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Gay Rights Victories from a Divided US Supreme Court ()

Two different five-vote Supreme Court majorities made rulings today that advance the cause of same-sex marriage in the United States. The Defense of Marriage Act, which recognizes only heterosexual marriage, was held to be unconstitutional. Same-sex marriage is now legal again in California, because a lower-court ruling against that state's voter-passed ban will be allowed to stand. We hear the legal details and the emotional reaction from both sides, who agree on one thing: traditional marriage is changing fast.

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Midnight Battle over Abortion in Texas Legislature ()

In Austin, Texas, legislators were up until almost three this morning for a chaotic session featuring a 13-hour filibuster against new abortion restrictions. Fifteen minutes before midnight, Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte tried to make her voice heard by the Republican majority, which had been ignoring her during a lengthy session. Christy Hoppe, Austin Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News, picks up the story.

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