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US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impact

US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impact

June 28, 2015 6:05 PM
Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community. More

Video Biden Attends Services at Emanuel AME

Biden said he came to Sunday’s services because he and his family wanted to show solidarity with the families and the church

Photogallery Turkish Police Disperse Gay Pride Marchers

Elsewhere, hundreds of thousands of people gathered for gay pride parades, parties and celebrations around the world Sunday

SpaceX Rocket Explodes After Florida Liftoff

Explosion destroys cargo ship bound for International Space Station; cause of accident was not immediately known

US Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Likely to Impact Other Countries

Gay rights activists in many parts of world believe court ruling will help their cause

2nd US Prison Escapee in Custody

David Sweat caught near Canadian border two days after federal agent shot and killed Richard Matt, other escapee from New York maximum-security prison

Teen Becomes Seventh Recent Shark Attack Victim Off Carolinas

Outer Banks swimmer suffers injuries to calf, buttocks, hands, is airlifted to Virginia hospital

US Congressional Delegation Calls for Easing Cuban Restrictions

Nevada Republican Dean Heller says expanded embassy, other changes can be made before Barack Obama leaves office in 2017

Video Mourners Grieve at More Services for Charleston Victims

Services at Emanuel AME Church are first held for Cynthia Hurd, 54, one of nine shot dead June 17 by a lone gunman during a Bible study

Rush of Same-Sex Marriages Follows US Supreme Court Ruling

But swift backlash from conservative groups foreshadows battles ahead

Activist Pulls Rebel Flag at SC State House

Within an hour, Confederate banner flies again, shortly before group of pro-Confederate flag protesters gather at capitol

Sticking Points Remain in Iran Nuclear Talks

Curbs on Tehran's production capabilities, verification of sites, return to sanctions if Iran violates agreement said to be among contentious issues

Intelligence Agencies Gird for More Attacks

Jihadists have history of pulling off terrorist outrages during Ramadan and this year they added to 'catalog,' with more attacks suspected of being in the offing

One Prison Escapee Still at Large in NY

Officials say convicted killer David Sweat may have tougher time eluding authorities now that he is alone; fellow escapee Richard Matt was killed by police Friday

China's Slowdown Poses Challenges

Some US policymakers, analysts warn against underestimating Asian country and anticipate more investment in United States

Video Iran Nuclear Negotiators Face 'Tough Issues'

US secretary of state, Iran's foreign minister say comprehensive accord on Iran's nuclear program still possible

Two Men Hurt in Shark Attacks Off Coasts of Carolinas

One is bitten multiple times while swimming in North Carolina's Outer Banks area; the other is attacked near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Video Supreme Court Rules Gay Marriage Legal Nationwide

Same-sex marriage is now legal nationwide in the United States, after the Supreme Court ruled that America’s constitutional freedoms and protections afford gays and lesbians the right to wed. VOA’s Michael Bowman was at the high court for Friday’s narrow 5-4 decision, which settles, from a legal standpoint, a hard-fought social issue and civil rights battle.

Quest for Dignity Behind Supreme Court Case on Gay Marriage

Jim Obergefell and his late husband sought 'the respect we expect from the state we call home'

Republican Candidates, Conservatives Criticize Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

House Speaker John Boehner rails at the Supreme Court for 'forcing states to redefine the institution of marriage'

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Mike O'Sullivan
June 30, 2015 8:20 PM
Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
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Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
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Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
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Video Syrians Flee IS Advance in Hasaka

The Syrian government said Monday it has taken back one of several districts in Hasaka overrun by Islamic State militants. But continued fighting elsewhere in the northern city has forced thousands of civilians from their homes. In this report narrated by Bill Rodgers, VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer describes the scene in Amouda, where some of the displaced are taking refuge.
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Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
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Video S. Korea Christians Protest Gay Rights Festival

The U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating marriage equality nationwide has energized gay rights supporters around the world. Gay rights remain a highly contentious issue in a key U.S. ally, South Korea, where police did a deft job Sunday of preventing potential clashes between Christian protesters and gay activists. Kurt Achin reports from Seoul.
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Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Nubians in Kenya Face Land Challenges

East Africa's ethnic Nubians have a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years, but in Kenya they are facing hardships, including the loss of lands they have lived on for generations. They say the government has reneged on its pledge to award them title deeds for the plots. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
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Video Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

Russia has been showing off its new tank design – the Armata T-14. Designers claim it is 20 years ahead of current Western designs - and driving it feels like playing a computer game. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.
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Video In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

Za’atari, a makeshift city in Jordan, may be the only Syrian refugee camp to tweet its activities, in an effort to keep donors motivated as the war in Syria intensifies and the humanitarian crisis deepens. Inside the camp, families say mobile phone applications help hold together families that are physically torn apart. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.

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