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Breaking Down A Legal Landmark: The Justices' Opinions In Obergefell V. Hodges

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How The High Court Has Changed The Legal Landscape For Same-Sex Marriage

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Today At The High Court, A Triumph For Gay Rights Advocates

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President Obama and Vice President Biden shake hands after the president spoke in the White House's Rose Garden Thursday about the Supreme Court decision in favor of Obamacare.

5 Challenges Still Facing Obamacare

In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges — including one resolved Thursday — and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn't ensured.

Here are five of the biggest hurdles that remain.

Medicaid Expansion

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

'Abide By The Law': Campaign Trail Responds To Same-Sex-Marriage Ruling

After the Supreme Court's decision to effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide came down at 10 a.m. ET, the 2016 hopefuls weighed in quickly.

The Republican side of the field has opposed same-sex marriage, but in responding to Friday's decision, most of the candidates struck a measured tone — many noting they support traditional marriage and religious freedom and disagree with the court, but also stressed the importance of respect and tolerance for all Americans.

Supreme Court Rules That All States Must Allow Same-Sex Marriages

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Save Wildlife, Save Yourself?

Everyone knows that keeping our forests and grasslands full of wolves, bald eagles and honeybees is good for the environment.

But could protecting animals and preserving ecosystems also help people not catch Lyme disease or West Nile virus?

Earlier this month, scientists at the University of South Florida reported evidence that higher biodiversity in environments, such as forests in the northeastern U.S. and the Amazon basin in South America, may lower people's chances of getting animal-borne diseases.

Mourners pray before the funeral service for Sen. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, S.C.

Mourners Gather In Charleston To Remember Slain Pastor

Thousands of people gathered outside a large arena in Charleston, South Carolina, to pay respects to the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of Emanuel AME Church and a state senator who was gunned down last week along with eight fellow church members during a Bible study session. President Obama will deliver the eulogy.

A hearse carrying Pinckney's body was accompanied by a somber procession as it made its way toward the venue of the funeral, due to begin at 11 a.m. Hundreds, led by the church's interim leader, the Rev. Norvel Goff, followed behind on foot.

Roberts: 'Celebrate Today's Decision ... But Do Not Celebrate The Constitution'

Updated at 10:58 a.m. ET

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. Those dissenting were the court's four conservative justices: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito.

Roberts' Rationale

Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice after the U.S Supreme Court hands down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage today outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

The opinion includes more than 100 pages; we've embedded it below.