Scott Neuman

Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

As the United Press International's New Delhi-based correspondent and bureau chief, Neuman covered South Asia from 1995-1997. He worked for two years before that as a freelance radio reporter in India, filing stories for NPR, PRI and the Canadian Broadcasting System. In 1991, Neuman was a reporter at NPR Member station WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He started his career working for two years as the operations director and classical music host at NPR member station WNIU/WNIJ in DeKalb/Rockford, IL.

Reporting from Pakistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Neuman was part of the team that earned the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Wall Street Journal for overall coverage of 9/11 and the aftermath. Neuman shared in several awards won by AP for coverage of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

A graduate from Purdue University, Neuman earned a Bachelor's degree in communications and electronic journalism.

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4:23pm

Sun July 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement in front of Palais Coburg where the Iranian nuclear talks are taking place in Vienna, Austria.
Qian Yi Xinhua/Landov

Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is ready to walk away from the negotiating table if Tehran is unwilling to make the "hard choices" necessary to achieve a deal with the West on limiting its nuclear program.

However, Kerry also said that he and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, were making "genuine progress" on "several of the most difficult issues" that remain to be resolved.

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11:37am

Sun July 5, 2015
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China Takes Steps To Halt Plunge In Stock Markets

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 1:26 pm

An investor looks through stock information at a trading hall in Haikou, the capital of Hainan province in southern China. Since mid-June, the main Shanghai stock index has lost 30 percent.
Zhao Yingquan Xinhua/Landov

China's central bank will provide an injection of cash for the state-run margin finance company, as the country's top brokerages pledge to go on a share-buying spree to prop up faltering markets that have lost a third of their value in less than a month.

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9:30am

Sun July 5, 2015
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Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 1:18 pm

The Soyuz-U space launch vehicle rocket carrying the Russian cargo ship Progress M-28M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday. The Progress resupply capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday.
Sergai Savostyanov ITAR-TASS/Landov

The International Space Station has just received a much-needed delivery, including some groceries, aboard a Russian capsule that successfully docked after three previous attempts to resupply the orbiting laboratory had failed.

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8:37am

Sun July 5, 2015
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After Bailout Referendum Is Rejected, Greece's Finance Minister Resigns

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 2:39 am

German Finance Minister Wolfang Schaeuble frowns on a pro-no poster opposite graffiti that reads "no" in German β€” but also sounds like "yes" in Greek. The photo was taken in Athens on Sunday.
Kay Nietfeld DPA/Landov

Updated at 2:30 a.m. ET Monday:

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned. According to The Associated Press: Varoufakis was told shortly after the Greek referendum result that the some eurozone finance ministers and Greece's other creditors would prefer he not attend the ministers' meetings. He issued an announcement on Monday saying the prime minister had judged that his resignation "might help achieve a deal" and that he was leaving the finance ministry for this reason.

Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET Sunday:

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3:34pm

Sat July 4, 2015
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U.N.: Report On Iran's Atomic Program Possible By Year's End

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 5:20 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (not pictured) at a hotel in Vienna on Friday.
Carlos Barria Reuters/Landov

Yukio Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, says that if Iran cooperates, the agency could issue a report on the country's past atomic research by the end of the year.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, reporting from Vienna, says that progress is also being reported on sanctions relief for Tehran β€” but a deal has yet to be finalized.

"With cooperation from Iran, I think we can issue a report by the end of the year," Amano, the head of the U.N. agency, says.

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2:38pm

Sat July 4, 2015
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Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 5:24 pm

Matt Stonie (right) is crowned winner of the annual Fourth of July Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, N.Y., Saturday. Stonie defeated eight-time champion Joey Chestnut 62-60.
Andrew Kelly Reuters/Landov

Sixty-two dogs (and buns) after sitting down for the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, Matt Stonie had snatched the title from "Jaws" Chestnut, the reigning eight-time champ, in a competition held each July 4 for nearly a century at New York's Coney Island.

Stonie finished second last year but says he'd been training hard for the rematch. Ultimately, he beat Chestnut by two hot dogs. Coincidentally, both men are from San Jose, Calif.

The Associated Press says: "Afterward, Stonie, holding his fist in the air in victory, said it felt amazing to win."

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12:25pm

Sat July 4, 2015
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Week After Beach Attack, Tunisia Declares State Of Emergency

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 1:21 pm

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi speaks during a forum on strategic planning, in Tunis, in June. Essebsi has declared a state of emergency his office says is aimed at dealing with the threat of Islamist extremists.
Mohamed Messara EPA/Landov

More than a week after a deadly attack by an Islamic extremist at a Tunisian beachfront resort that killed 38 foreign tourists, the president of the North African country has declared a state of emergency.

President Beji Caid Essebsi's office says in a statement that he needed the powers that come with the declaration to more effectively deal with the threat from extremists.

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10:36am

Sat July 4, 2015
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Lawrence Herkimer, The Father Of Modern Cheerleading, Dies At 89

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 1:20 pm

Three cheers for Lawrence Herkimer, who did more than anyone to transform cheerleading into an art, a science and a multi-million dollar business.

He died of heart failure on Wednesday in Dallas at age 89, according to his family.

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8:44am

Sat July 4, 2015
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Greek Official: 'Grexit' Would Cost Europe A Trillion Euros

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 1:17 pm

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks to the assembled media as he leaves his office in Athens.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza AP

Greece's finance minister has accused his nation's creditors of "terrorism" for trying to "instill fear in people" ahead of a referendum on whether to accept the harsh terms of an international bailout designed to keep Athens in the eurozone.

Yanis Varoufakis, in an interview with the Spanish daily El Mundo, said that there was too much at stake for his country to be kicked out of Europe's common currency β€” "as much for Greece as for Europe, I'm sure."

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2:18pm

Fri July 3, 2015
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Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 3:58 pm

A sun-powered airplane has landed in Hawaii after a five-day journey from Japan that smashed the previous record of 76 hours for the longest duration nonstop solo flight.

Pilot AndrΓ© Borschberg set the Solar Impulse 2 down on the tarmac at Kalaeloa Airport outside Honolulu after flying for 120 hours from Nagoya, his team reports.

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12:38pm

Fri July 3, 2015
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Iceland's Pirate Party Wins Repeal Of Blasphemy Law

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 12:46 pm

Iceland's minority Pirate Party has its first major legislative victory β€” repealing a 75-year-old blasphemy law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" the teachings of a legally recognized religious community.

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11:26am

Fri July 3, 2015
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Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 12:01 pm

Health insurance giant Aetna has announced a $37 billion plan to acquire rival Humana.
Jessica Hill AP

In what could prove the largest-ever merger in the insurance industry, Aetna has announced a $37 billion deal to acquire rival Humana.

The agreement, announced by the Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna, "would bolster Aetna's presence in the state- and federally funded Medicaid program and Tricare coverage for military personnel and their families," according to The Associated Press.

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9:42am

Fri July 3, 2015
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Syrian Forces Try To Halt Rebel Offensive On Aleppo

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 10:07 am

Smoke rises after a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday.
Ameer al-Halibi APAImages/APA/Landov

Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET

Syrian forces have carried out airstrikes to push back what is being described as a major offensive by militants affiliated with al-Qaida to seize the key northern city of Aleppo.

As NPR's Deborah Amos reports from the Turkish border, the battle surprised the regime, but also surprised more moderate rebels, who tell NPR they are not part of the offensive.

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8:35am

Fri July 3, 2015
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Hours From Greek Bailout Vote, 2 Sides Evenly Divided

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 1:32 pm

Thousands of people supporting a "no" vote on the country's referendum rally in Athens on Thursday.
Pacific Press/Barcroft India Barcroft Media/Landov

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

Greece's prime minister has put his political clout behind the "no" camp in a referendum to decide whether the country should accept the terms of an international bailout. But the people appear to be evenly split on the issue, according to two new opinion polls.

One survey, conducted by the respected ALCO institute just 48 hours before the referendum that could decide Greece's economic fate and future in the eurozone, gives the "yes" camp 44.8 percent against 43.4 percent for the "no" side, according to Reuters.

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7:45am

Fri July 3, 2015
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Russia Finally Launches Supplies To ISS After Earlier Failures

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 10:08 am

A Russian Progress spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on Friday.
Reuters/Landov

A Russian rocket filled with much-needed supplies for the International Space Station lifted off from a pad in Kazakhstan early today after two previous re-supply missions failed.

NPR's Corey Flintoff reports that the successful launch of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, known as the Progress 60P, which is set to dock with the station on Sunday, was a relief to the astronauts and cosmonauts on the space station.

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4:24pm

Thu July 2, 2015
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ISIS Reportedly Destroys Ancient Statue In Captured City Of Palmyra

The self-declared Islamic State has released photos purportedly of its fighters destroying an ancient artifact in the Syrian city of Palmyra weeks after the Islamist extremists captured the city.

A "priceless" 2,000-year-old statue of a lion dating from the city's Roman heritage is seen being smashed in what Syrian antiquities director Maamoun Abdelkarim tells Agence-France Press is "the most serious crime [ISIS has] committed against Palmyra's heritage."

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2:48pm

Thu July 2, 2015
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Former Sen. Jim Webb Announces Run For Democratic Nomination

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 4:21 pm

Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association presidential forum in Baltimore on Tuesday. Webb announced Thursday that he is running for president.
Patrick Semansky AP

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb has become the fifth Democrat to announce he is seeking the party's nomination for president.

"[Our] country needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us," Webb said in a statement. "We need to shake the hold of these shadow elites on our political process."

Webb, 69, joins former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee in the 2016 contest.

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2:47pm

Thu July 2, 2015
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Taiwan Airliner's Black Box Shows Pilot May Have Shut Off Wrong Engine

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 2:59 pm

The mangled fuselage of a TransAsia Airways commercial plane is dragged to the river bank after it crashed in Taipei, Taiwan, in February.
AP

"Wow, pulled back wrong side throttle."

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4:39pm

Sun June 28, 2015
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Police Capture Prison Escapee David Sweat, Ending Weeks-Long Manhunt

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:57 am

David Sweat, who escaped along with Richard Matt from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.
New York State Police AP

Updated at 7:40 p.m. ET

David Sweat, one of two inmates who escaped from a prison in upstate New York earlier this month, has been shot but taken alive just days after his accomplice, Richard Matt, was killed by police.

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3:40pm

Sun June 28, 2015
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Multiple Shark Attacks On Carolina Beaches

For the second time in as many days, a swimmer off North Carolina's Outer Banks has been attacked by a shark.

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10:00am

Sun June 28, 2015
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Kuwait Says Saudi Responsible For Mosque Suicide Bombing

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 3:13 pm

People gather near flag-draped coffins of Kuwaiti Shiite victims from Friday's suicide bombing at a mosque in the capital.
Khider Abbas EPA/Landov

The suicide bomber who attacked a Shiite mosque in Kuwait last week, killing 27 people, was a Saudi national who flew into the neighboring Gulf nation hours before carrying out his deadly mission, Kuwaiti officials say. The self-declared Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.

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9:57am

Sun June 28, 2015
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Breaks Up On Liftoff

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 4:58 pm

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff Sunday at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
John Raoux AP

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket experienced what the private space launch company calls "some type of anomaly in first-stage flight" about two and a half minutes into its flight.

NASA commentator George Diller confirmed that "the vehicle has broken up."

Pieces could be seen raining down on the Atlantic Ocean over the rocket's intended trajectory. More than 5,200 pounds of cargo, including the first docking port designed for NASA's next-generation crew capsule, were aboard.

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8:46am

Sun June 28, 2015
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Greece To Close Banks, Impose Capital Controls Amid Looming Default

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:19 pm

A security worker brings money to a National Bank branch in Athens on Sunday. Greeks have been withdrawing euros in anticipation of a possible default on the country's debt payments early next week.
Marko Djurica Reuters/Landov

Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced Sunday that banks will be closed and capital controls imposed in order to stave off a run on the euro after negotiations with the country's international lenders broke down.

He said the Athens stock market would also be closed.

However, Tsipras blamed the European Central Bank for the latest crisis after it decided not to increase the amount of emergency liquidity amid a run on the banks that saw people lined up at ATMs, many of which ran dry amid the onslaught.

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4:28pm

Sat June 27, 2015
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Police Question Suspect In Lyon Factory Beheading

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 7:50 pm

The Air Products industrial gas factory in Saint-Quentin Fallavier, France, shown on Saturday, a day after the attack.
Marius Becker DPA/Landov

Police in France are questioning a suspect they believe was responsible for an explosion and the beheading of a man at a factory near Lyon on Friday. Officials reportedly say he took a "selfie" with the slain victim β€” his boss at the plant β€” and sent it to an unidentified Canadian mobile phone number.

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3:32pm

Sat June 27, 2015
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After Escaped Convict Is Shot In New York, Police Hunt For Accomplice

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:56 am

Officers search for convicted murderer David Sweat on Friday in upstate New York, after his accomplice, Richard Matt, was fatally shot by authorities.
Mary Altaffer AP

A day after Richard Matt, one of two escaped inmates from a prison in upstate New York was shot and killed by police, a weeks-long manhunt, which has yet to track down accomplice David Sweat, has gone into overdrive. Helicopters, search dogs and hundreds of officers are scouring an area about 30 miles away from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

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12:46pm

Sat June 27, 2015
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Kurds Reportedly Retake Kobani From ISIS Fighters

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 3:16 pm

Turkish Kurds watch from the Turkish side of the border Friday as smoke rises in Kobani, Syria. Since last year, the town has seen control seesaw between Kurds and Islamic State militants.
AP

Kurdish forces have retaken the key border town of Kobani from militants with the self-declared Islamic State, the second time the Islamist extremists have been ousted from the region this year, according to a British-based monitoring group.

Farther east, ISIS fighters had also attacked the government-held Syrian city of Hasaka.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which keeps close tabs on the situation on the ground, says that ISIS fighters, who are said to have captured the town mere days ago, have been forced to withdraw.

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11:31am

Sat June 27, 2015
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Greece Slouches Toward Default As Germany Rules Out Further Debt Talks

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 3:54 pm

People stand in a line to use the ATMs of a bank in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday after the country's prime minister announced a snap referendum on an international bailout β€” pushing Athens toward a Tuesday deadline for a plan to prevent default on its IMF debt.
Giannis Papanikos AP

Updated at 3:05 p.m. ET

Across Greece, people lined up outside banks and at ATMs to withdraw euros today after their prime minister called for a surprise referendum on a proposed international bailout for the troubled country β€” a move that has pushed Athens to the brink of default and an exit from the eurozone.

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8:51am

Sat June 27, 2015
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Tunisia IDs Beach Resort Assailant As 23-Year-Old Aviation Student

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 3:54 pm

This image, which is taken from a website associated with the self-declared Islamic State, purports to show Tunisian gunman Seifeddine Rezgui.
AP

Updated at 1:05 p.m. ET

The man who opened fire on tourists at a Tunisian beach resort, killing 39 and wounding 36 others, has been identified by the country's prime minister as a 23-year-old aviation student studying at the nearby University of Kairouan.

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8:08am

Sat June 27, 2015
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Activist Climbs Flagpole At S.C. Statehouse, Removes Confederate Banner

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 4:37 pm

Activist climbing flagpole at South Carolina's Capitol to remove Confederate battle flag.
Mediater

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET

An African-American activist scaled the 30-foot flag pole in front of the South Carolina Statehouse early this morning and removed the Confederate battle flag that flies there.

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11:36am

Fri June 26, 2015
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Obama: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling 'A Victory For America'

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 10:06 pm

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage.
Evan Vucci AP

President Obama called the Supreme Court's decision affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry a "victory for America" that had "made our union a little more perfect."

In the 5-4 decision, Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion of the court, saying the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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