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The Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage will kick off a whole new wave of LGBT marriages, particularly in the 15 states where it was illegal before today. Even before today's decision, advocates for marriage equality were girding for the next step in the legal battle, which includes forcing local officials to duly issue marriage licenses, fighting off last-ditch lawsuits, and otherwise clearing out all the underbrush that could block the path for LGBT couples exercising their hard-won constitutional right to marry.

We're following that story closely. If you see open defiance of the Supreme Court's decision -- everything from county clerks refusing to issue licenses to attorneys general going back to the courts to candidates vowing to ignore the Supreme Court -- send us an email. We're tracking these developments across the country and want to see what you're seeing.

"You're in My House."

In a single week, the rebel flag is toast, Obamacare is vindicated, marriage equality becomes law. It's a trifecta for Obama and he hasn't even declared his Caliphate yet.

Remembering President Wilson's Purge of Black Federal Workers

As we witness this unexpected and I think historic sea change at least in the symbolism of neo-Confederate nostalgia, it is worth remembering that the fight for equality and civil rights for African-Americans and against white supremacy in its various forms has never been a march in a single direction. If the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, it's very much been a zigzag arc.

Even after the federal government withdrew its final support from Reconstructed, biracial governments in the South in 1876, those governments and movements didn't collapse overnight. Biracial politics and political movements continued on in diminished but persistent forms well until the 1890s, before being finally snuffed out in a wave of Supreme Court decisions, mass disenfranchisement and violence. As Gregory Downs noted in his article on the origins of Juneteenth, in the 1890s there were some 100,000 African-American voters in Texas. By 1906 that number had fallen to fewer than 5,000. The blanket of Jim Crow absolutism that had come to rest over the South by the first years of the 20th century may have looked like some time immemorial reality. But it was actually a very new creation, finally secured only in the 1890s through an interlocking chain of Supreme Court decisions, extra-judicial violence, new legislation and the collapse of interracial political coalitions.

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Supreme Court declares gay marriage bans unconstitutional. Opinion by Kennedy. Roberts dissents, along with Scalia, Alito and Thomas. Each of the dissenters filed his own dissenting opinion. Scalia joined in the other three dissenting opinions.

The concluding paragraph of Justice Kennedy's majority opinion:

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