June 26th, 2013
10:12 PM ET

Same-sex marriage supporters claim victory after historic Supreme Court ruling

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Two key rulings from the Supreme Court today on same-sex marriage.

The court decided that same-sex spouses are entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual spouses, and the court also dismissed California's Propostion 8 appeal, clear the way for same-sex marriages to resume in that state.

It wasn't an absolute victory for gay right advocates.

The high court also declined to make a sweeping statement on the broader issue of same-sex marriage rights nationwide.

Supporters were quick to applaud the court's decision.

"Today the United States Supreme Court in two important decisions brings us that much closer to true equality," Attorney for Prop 8 Plaintiffs, David Boies said.

What do these ruling really mean to the gay community?

OutFront tonight: Dustin Lance Black, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie MILK - the story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk. And Joel Burns, an openly gay member of the Fort Worth City Council, whose video speech to gay teens three years ago went viral and received millions of hits on the internet, making it one of the most-watched videos of the "It Gets Better" campaign.

Filed under: Gay Marriage • News • Supreme Court
June 26th, 2013
09:59 PM ET

Paula Deen takes on her critics

Celebrity chef Paula Deen opened up this morning about the racial slur scandal that's threatening to end her career as a celebrity chef.

Speaking with emotion on NBC's Today Show Dean insisted she's only used the N-word once in her life and that was years ago.
Dean also took on her critics - saying she made a mistake.

"If there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you're out there please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me, I want to meet you,Ii is what I is, and I'm not changing," Deen said.

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OutFront tonight: two of the new hosts of CNN's CrossFire which is returning this fall - S.E. Cupp a conservative columnist and commentator and Van Jones a former Obama White House official.

Filed under: News • Paula Deen
June 26th, 2013
09:45 PM ET

Trayvon Martin friend describes final moments

Prosecution's key witness took the stand Wednesday in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Trayvon Martin's friend, Rachel Jeantel  testified about the final moments of the teenager’s life, saying that Martin told her someone was following him.

"A man was watching him," said 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin just before he was fatally shot. "He said the man kept watching him. He kept complaining that a man was just watching him."

Key witness recounts Martin's final phone call

OutFront Natalie Jackson – an attorney for Trayvon Martin's family.

Filed under: News • Trayvon Martin • Zimmerman Case
June 26th, 2013
09:34 PM ET

Ecuador considering Snowden asylum

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has become a global hot potato.

Nobody really wants him.

But the U.S. still can't seem to get a grip on him.

As far as we know, the Snowden is still hiding out in the Moscow airport - in the transit area, between arrival gates and passport checkpoints.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he wants Snowden to go sooner rather than later.

Ecuador said it would consider Snowden's request for asylum, but so far, no decision there. And a Spanish lawyer who has been working with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - who's currently aiding Snowden - said he doesn't want to add Snowden to his client roster.

So who's going to help Snowden?

Jim Boulden is OutFront at the Moscow airport.

Filed under: International • News • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
June 26th, 2013
09:20 PM ET

Judge orders Ariel Castro to undergo mental evaluation

A psychiatric evaluation has been ordered for accused kidnapper Ariel Castro.

As the defendant sat in court, judge Michael Russo said he was exercising caution to make sure Castro was competent to stand trial. The 52-year-old  has pleaded, "not guilty" to over 300 counts, which include rape and kidnapping.

As well as two counts of aggravated murder, for forcibly terminating the pregnancies of at least one of the three women held  captive in his home for over a decade.

Forensic psychologist Jeff Gardere is OutFront.

Filed under: Cleveland Missing Women • Crime • Justice
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