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Gay Marriage Legalized Nationwide by U.S. Supreme Court

gay marriage legalizedSame-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a historic ruling that caps the biggest civil rights transformation in a half century.

Voting 5-4, the justices said states lack any legitimate reason to deprive gay couples of the freedom to marry. Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the court’s four Democratic appointees in the majority, bringing gay weddings to the 14 states where they were still banned.

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Apple removes games featuring confederate flags from App Store

Apple AppApple Inc (AAPL.O) has removed several civil war games featuring Confederate flags from its App Store, some game developers said.

The flags and other symbols of the Confederacy have been at the center of debate since a 21-year-old gunman, accused of killing nine black worshippers in last week's South Carolina church shooting, posed with the flag in photos posted online.

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Jury Rules Against JONAH in Landmark 'Gay Conversion' Therapy Case

JONAH loses court caseA jury ruled against a Jewish group that promotes so-called ‘gay conversion therapy’ in a landmark fraud case that could have a wide-ranging impact on the controversial anti-gay practice.

In a first-of-its-kind decision, the jury awarded $72,000 to several mostly Jewish victims who said Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing and co-founder Arthur Goldberg made bogus promises that they could ‘cure’ gays.

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Retired cop uses Twitter to accuse Baltimore police of brutality and corruption

Baltimore cop tweets corruption and brutalityA retired Baltimore cop is blowing the whistle on police brutality and misconduct he allegedly witnessed during his decade on the force.

Former Sgt. Michael A. Wood Jr. listed his disturbing allegations in a Twitter firestorm Wednesday but stopped short of naming names or providing dates and locations.

"So here we go," the ex-detective and U.S. Marine, 35, wrote to his thousands of followers. "I'm going to start Tweeting the things I've seen & participated in, in policing that is corrupt, intentional or not."

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Hundreds Attend First Funeral For Charleston Church Shooting Victims

Shooting victims memorialPolice officers stood guard and checked bags as hundreds of people filed into a church Thursday for the first funeral for victims of the massacre at a historic black church.

The increased security comes amid a heated debate over the Confederate flag and other symbols of the Confederacy around the South and elsewhere. A monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis had the phrase "Black Lives Matter" spray-painted on it Thursday in Richmond, Virginia, the latest of several monuments to be defaced around the country.

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Judge Blocks Kansas Law Banning Procedure Used In Most Second-Trimester Abortions

judge blocks KansAs abortion lawA Kansas judge on Thursday blocked a law that would have effectively banned the majority of second-trimester abortions performed in the state, in a win for reproductive rights advocates less than a week before the law was set to take effect.

The first-in-the-nation law would have banned a process that abortion rights opponents call "dismemberment abortion" and that reproductive health advocates call dilation and evacuation. D&E is the most commonly used procedure in the second trimester. However, since nearly 90 percent of abortions are performed in the first trimester, the ban would have affected only the 8 or 9 percent of abortions performed using the D&E method.

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Supreme Court upholds housing discrimination law

SCPTUS uholds discrimination in housing lawA deeply divided Supreme Court delivered an unexpected reprieve to civil rights groups on Thursday, ruling that housing discrimination need not be intentional in order to be illegal.

The justices said people objecting to lending, zoning, sales and rental practices only need to show that they had a disparate impact on blacks or other minorities under a federal fair-housing law.

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