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Corporate America celebrates gay marriage decision

LGBT

Same-sex marriage is legal. Here's what it means for couples

New York (CNN) —The Supreme Court extended the right to marry to same-sex couples nationwide in a landmark ruling on Friday.

It's more than a civil rights victory for LGBT couples across the country, it's a financial win.

The court on this same day in 2013 struck down a law that prevented the federal …

Marriage

Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide

Washington (CNN) —In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a historic victory.

In the 5-4 ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority with the four liberal …

Marriage

How businesses can still discriminate against LGBT people

New York (CNN) —Friday's Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage was a major victory for LGBT couples. But they can still legally be discriminated against in much of the country.

In most states their employers can fire them.

Their landlords can evict them.

They can also be denied service by …

Gender Equality

How businesses rallied for same-sex marriage - Jun. 26, 2015

Same-sex marriage is legal nationwide

Long before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday, hundreds of major American businesses were supporting marriage equality.

They filed legal briefs with the court. They lobbied state officials. And, perhaps most powerfully, they …

Marriage

Obama: We've made our union a little more equal

President Obama makes a statement following a landmark Supreme Court decision that ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.

Same-sex Marriage

Obama calls same-sex marriage plaintiff after victory

President Obama called Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the same-sex marriage Supreme Court case, after his landmark win.

Plaintiff

Same-Sex Marriage Fast Facts

(CNN) —Here's some background information about same-sex marriage in the United States and worldwide.

Facts:

LEGAL In the following 37 states and the District of Columbia: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, …

Marriage

Social Security's same-sex marriage penalty - Jun. 26, 2015

Same-sex marriage is legal nationwide

Kathy Phelan lost her spouse, Kaye, to cancer nine months after they married.

Because of the patchwork of same-sex marriage laws across the country, Phelan now has to fight Social Security for an extra $1,224 a month while mourning her partner of 34 years.

Phelan …

Marriage

4 reasons why same-sex marriage is good for business - Jun. 23, 2015

The patchwork of same-sex marriage laws across the country are making it expensive to do business. That's why 379 companies have asked the Supreme Court to make it a constitutional right.

Same-sex marriage is legal in most places. But 13 states don't allow LGBT couples to tie the knot and won't …

Marriage

This could be a big deal for same-sex couples

New York (CNN) —The right to marry is more than just a civil rights victory, it's a big financial win.

While same-sex couples won the right to legally marry in 2013, those who live in the 13 states that still don't recognize their marriage are denied spousal and death benefits from Social Security …

Marriage

Why the fascination with Rachel Dolezal?

(CNN) —Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who passed as black, told the world this week, "I identify as black." Despite her resignation as president of NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, the uproar over her racial deception has not subsided.

And in light of Caitlyn Jenner's recent public declaration

Racism

Call it terrorism in Charleston

(CNN) —The horrific attack at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, was allegedly carried out by a young white man who appeared to have deliberately targeted the church simply because it was serving African-Americans. Witnesses say the suspect said he was there "to shoot black people," a …

Terrorism

Race hatred is a deep sickness in American society

(CNN) —There's a pioneering education nonprofit in Boston that uses stories of past bigotry to teach young people about tolerance. It's called "Facing History and Ourselves." Which pretty much sums up our national challenge for the foreseeable future.

Last week, when the Rachel Dolezal media circus …

U.S. Supreme Court

Charleston shooting terrifies black America

(CNN) —The shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, that left six women and three men dead, including its politically active Honorable Rev. Clementa Pinckney, shook my soul. Police report the shooter, Dylann Roof, 21, said he was at the church "to shoot black people."

I can't …

Terrorism

Great mystery of the 1970s: Nixon, Watergate and the Huston Plan

(CNN) —The CNN documentary series "The Seventies" is a wonderful exercise in putting a tumultuous decade in perspective. This June 17 marks the 43rd anniversary of the Watergate break-in.

Enough time has passed to have a well-grounded perspective on the fall of Richard Nixon. What historians agree …

Watergate

Will whack-a-mole strategy succeed vs. terrorists?

(CNN) —American counterterrorism officials have had much to celebrate in recent days: the killing of ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf in Syria and the trove of "intel" that was taken from his residence by U.S. special forces; the death of the leader of al Qaeda's branch in Yemen, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, in a …

Middle East

Inequality can be dismantled at the root

(CNN) —Around the world today, the greatest threat to justice is inequality.

Inequality is the byproduct of systems and structures -- intentional policies and ingrained prejudices -- that have over many decades tilted the scales in favor of some, while limiting opportunity for many others.

Here's …

Justice

John Dean: Why Watergate endures

(CNN) —Watergate was a complex and difficult story to cover from the start, first for journalists and then historians, but it is understandably considered the mother of all modern political scandals.

Now, four decades later, there is no American scandal as well-documented as the some 900 days of …

Watergate

What role did race play in how police handled Texas pool party chaos?

McKinney, Texas (CNN) —Benet Embry just wanted a respite from the heat when he went to his neighborhood pool Friday. Talking to CNN Monday about the national story that rolled out of that simple, mundane summer activity still has him pretty well dismayed.

The 43-year-old African-American has lived …

Policing

Is a new crime wave on the horizon?

(CNN) —After decades of a downward trend in crime, residents in some large U.S. cities wonder if a reversal is coming.

If you live in Baltimore, you know that May, with 43 homicides, was the deadliest month since 1972. Or if you are a Houstonian, you've probably heard that murders were up 45% …

Criminology

First on CNN: Baltimore prosecutors, cops try to mend relations

Baltimore (CNN) —Baltimore prosecutors and top police officials met Friday to try to mend relations, which have frayed since six officers were charged earlier this month in the death of Freddie Gray.

Since the charges against the officers, local police have complained that the case by State's …

Policing

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Officers want their trials moved out of Baltimore

(CNN) —Six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray want their trials moved out of the city.

Lawyers for the officers filed a motion for a change of venue on Wednesday. They say their clients cannot receive a fair trial in Baltimore because of extensive pretrial publicity, …

Baltimore

Cops pose with black man wearing antlers in old photo

Two white former Chicago police officers strike a hunting pose next to a black man with antlers on his head in an old photo. CNN affiliate WLS reports.

Policing

Baltimore's deadliest month in 15 years: May counts 35 homicides, so far

(CNN) —Baltimore is seeing its deadliest month in 15 years after an outbreak of Memorial Day weekend violence left nine people dead in 29 shootings.

So far, Baltimore has tallied 35 homicides this month, police said.

The last time Baltimore saw that many homicides was December 1999, police said.

The …

Baltimore

Cleveland cop acquittal a fair verdict?

(CNN) —Protests broke out in Cleveland after the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a police officer who had been charged with voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the 2012 shooting deaths of two unarmed people.

We have seen a lot of alleged cases of excessive and deadly force by law …

Policing

Cleveland, DOJ announce changes in police force

(CNN) —The city of Cleveland and Department of Justice announced Tuesday how they are moving forward on agreed changes to the city's police force.

The consent decree is the next step after the city agreed to changes last year following a scathing report from DOJ investigators regarding patterns of …

Policing