The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage is constitutional, which would extend legalized same-sex marriage to 13 states that still do not recognize it. At issue in Obergefell v. Hodges was whether the Fourteenth Amendment required states to recognize same-sex marriages that were licensed and performed in other states.
The fate of President Obama’s signature legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), hung on just four words: “…established by the State.” The Supreme Court of the United States sided with the Obama administration in a 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell.
Unrest in Baltimore, Md. following the funeral of a man who died a week after being injured while in police custody forced some Charm City charities to close their offices, with staff working from home. Nonprofits have since begun the work to address the underlying causes of the violence and protests.
Disaster relief organizations, some of which have been working in Nepal for many years, have mobilized efforts to get humanitarian aid to one of the world’s poorest countries after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck early Saturday morning. Hampering search and rescue efforts was a 6.7-magnitiude aftershock on Sunday. Almost 4,000 people have been killed according to the latest estimates.
Health insurer Blue Shield of California has lost its state tax-exempt status. The California Franchise Tax Board stripped the insurer of its tax-exempt status this past August for reasons unknown, and ordered it to file state income taxes back to 2013. The organization already pays federal income taxes.
Global Links, a Pittsburgh-based humanitarian agency, has been shipping medical aid to Cuba through Canada for 20 years. President Barack Obama’s announcement of soon-to-be-renewed diplomatic ties with Cuba might render those extra miles, and costs, unnecessary.