By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing on behalf of the court, said that the hope of gay people intending to marry "is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions.
By David Adams CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina will take a step forward in healing the wounds of last week's mass shooting when President Barack Obama arrives on Friday to deliver the eulogy for the pastor of the historic church where the attack took place. Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a widely admired state senator and pastor of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was among the nine people who died when a gunman opened fire during Bible study. The massacre has sparked an intense dialogue across the southern United States over the legacy of slavery and its symbols, centering on the Civil War-era battle flag of the Confederacy.
By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Infuriated by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that kept President Barack Obama’s healthcare program intact, conservative activists and Republican presidential candidates vowed on Thursday to make the role of the high court a central issue in the 2016 presidential election. Conservative ire was trained particularly on Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion that preserved the subsidy regime underpinning the Affordable Care Act, even though another Republican appointee, Justice Anthony Kennedy, also voted with the majority. Roberts, who was appointed to the court by Republican President George W. Bush, has voted with court conservatives on many landmark cases, including ones involving campaign-finance laws and voting rights.
Lawmakers who supported the legislation banning the dilation and evacuation procedure had termed it "dismemberment abortion." The law was due to take effect on July 1, but was challenged by doctors from a clinic in Overland Park, Kansas. Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks granted an injunction allowing the abortion methods to continue to be used in Kansas while the case is being heard.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday was moved to a U.S. penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, home to the so-called "Supermax" unit that houses high-risk prisoners, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons said. Tsarnaev, 21, was moved to the facility the day after a federal judge in Boston formally sentenced him to death by lethal injection for killing four people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, bombing and its aftermath. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross confirmed the move.
Protests against ride-booking app Uber turned violent Thursday in France as cabbies torched cars, blocked roads and attacked a vehicle carrying American rocker Courtney Love. Among the some 2,800 cabbies who took part in the strike, police arrested at least 11 across the country in connection with confrontations that erupted as the drivers blocked access to airports, train stations and major roads. Taxi drivers in France are furious over an Uber service called UberPOP, which puts customers in touch with private drivers at prices lower than those of traditional taxis.