A television news station assistant sprints across the steps of the Supreme Court with the justices’ opinions in her hands, during an event known in popular culture as “the running of the interns.”


Those in the crowd outside the court are overcome with emotion as it is announced that the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4-majority decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case has effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.


Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, one of the openly-gay members of the House of Representatives, reacts to the court’s decision.


Rea Carey, the executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, celebrates upon learning that the justices ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Obergefell case.


Mary Bonauto, the lead lawyer on behalf of the plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges, emerges from the Supreme Court to cheers from the crowd.


Spencer Perry, left, embraces Chris Svoboda, the president of the Virginia Equality Bar Association. Perry is the son of Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, the lead plaintiffs in the Perry v. Hollingsworth decision that invalidated Proposition 8 in California and re-legalized same-sex marriage within the state.


Bonauto approaches the news media gathered outside the Supreme Court as a woman on the barricades next to her calls out to Bonauto and thanks her for the work she has done.


Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the same-sex marriage case before the Supreme Court, addresses the media. Obergefell sued after his husband, John Arthur, died of ALS in 2013 and the state of Ohio refused to recognize their union on Arthur’s death certificate.

(Francis Rivera for The Hill.)



Emily Cowen celebrates the 6-to-3-majority decision upholding Affordable Care Act’s federal subsidies for participants in the federal health-care exchange.


Supporters of the Affordable Care Act distribute stickers stating “still covered” upon the announcement that the Supreme Court upheld the subsidies challenged in the King v. Burwell case.


Sandy Patel learns the details of the justices’ decision in favor of the Obama Administration from social media on her phone.


Ron Pollack, center, the executive director of Families USA, a national organization for health care consumers, celebrates outside the Supreme Court Thursday.

(Francis Rivera for The Hill.)


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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, waits to address reporters as the Senate votes on defense spending. McCain’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act passed overwhelmingly. But a related, integral appropriations bill failed due to Democratic objections over the mechanisms used to fund the Pentagon as well as the continuation of sequestration caps on discretionary spending. (The Hill)