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The Supreme Court rules on marriage equality

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: A gay marriage waves a flag in front of the Supreme Court Building June 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. The high court is expected rule in the next few days on whether states can prohibit same sex marriage, as 13 states currently do.   (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 25: A gay marriage waves a flag in front of the Supreme Court Building June 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. The high court is expected rule in the next few days on whether states can prohibit same sex marriage, as 13 states currently do. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

 

UPDATE: On June 26th the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. The vote was 5 to 4 with justices Kennedy, Sotomayor, Ginsberg, Kagan and Breyer   forming the majority opinion. Justices Scalia, Roberts, Thomas and Alito were in the minority.

In the decision Justice Kennedy noted four principles and traditions of marriage that support marriage equality: the right to personal choice, supporting a two-person union, safeguarding family and children and that marriage is a keystone of social order.

 

 

Jim Obergefell, left, and John Arthur, who suffered from ALS, are married by officiant Paulette Roberts, Arthur’s aunt, on a plane on the tarmac at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport on July 11, 2013. (Glenn Hartong/AP)

Jim Obergefell, left, and John Arthur, who suffered from ALS, are married by officiant Paulette Roberts, Arthur’s aunt, on a plane on the tarmac at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport on July 11, 2013. (Glenn Hartong/AP)

 

ORIGINAL POST: Sometime in June, which is LGBT Awareness Month, the U.S. Supreme Court will pass down a ruling on cases relating to marriage equality.

Obergefell v Hodges, (Richard Hodges, Ohio Department of Health) is the umbrella title for four separated cases the court hearing which have been banded together to represent marriage rights.

Jim Obergefell is the plaintiff in the case for which the group is named. In 2013 his partner, John Arthur, was diagnosed with ALS and became terminally ill. Their home state of Ohio had passed an anti-LGBT constitutional amendment on marriage and the hospital would not list Obergefell as the surviving spouse on Arthur’s death certificate.

The couple flew to Baltimore in a special medical plane and were married on the tarmac at the airport.

Arthur died in October of 2013 and Obergefell was listed on the death certificate but Ohio’s Attorney General took the case to defend the amendment. An appeals court sided for the state and the case was sent to the Supreme Court.

Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states, including Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.

Many expect the Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage rights.

 

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2016 Presidential Race

Candidates are lining up to be your president and the leader of the free world.

Here is a list of those who have officially announced their candidacy along with links to more information:

REPUBLICAN:

Governor John Kasich of Ohio   campaign website

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin   campaign website

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey campaign website

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana campaign website

Real Estate mogul, Donald Trump campaign website

Former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush campaign website

Former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry campaign website

Senator Lindsey Graham,  (R, LA)  campaign website

Former Governor of New York George Pataki campaign website

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum campaign website

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee   campaign website

Dr. Ben Carson      campaign website

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina   campaign website

Senator Marco Rubio (R, FL)   campaign website

Senator Rand Paul (R, KY)   campaign website

Senator Ted Cruz (R, TX)   campaign website

 DEMOCRATS:

Former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia  campaign website

Former Governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee campaign website

Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley campaign website

Senator Bernie Sanders (I, VT)   campaign website

Former Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton    campaign website

A slide show featuring possible contenders:

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