Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks with Senate Armed Forces Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) before the secretary and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff testify before the committee regarding the ongoing fight against ISIS. (The Hill)
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.)
The actress Jessica Alba walks through the Capitol for several meetings with various senators, including Minority Leader Harry Reid. Alba was lobbying legislators for stronger chemical protections in consumer products. (The Hill)
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)
House members and senators from both parties and their staffers gathered on the west lawn outside the Capitol to hold a prayer circle in remembrance of the victims of the Charleston, S.C. shootings that occurred the evening before. (The Hill)
Sen. Cory Booker returns to the Capitol following a prayer vigil held on the west lawn in honor of the Charleston, S.C. shooting victims. (The Hill)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks with an aide following a rally he led on protecting individual pensions and promoting retirement security for elderly Americans. (The Hill)
Sen. Mark Warner arrives at the hallway outside the Senate chamber doors as senators prepared to hold several votes related to the National Defense Authorization Act. (The Hill)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds her weekly press conference as the House begins a series of votes on the Obama Administration’s request for fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. A week earlier, Pelosi and a majority of Democrats were successful in blocking the trade bills, but Republicans pushed forward in their efforts to get legislation to President Obama’s desk. (The Hill)