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At 10:00 AM Eastern Time today, the US Supreme Court convened in its marble adorned chamber in the heart of Washington, DC. First up on the docket this morning was the announcement that everyone had been waiting for Chief Justice John Roberts to make – that Justice Anthony Kennedy had the opinion of the Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark marriage case now decided exactly two years since the Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, and exactly twelve years since it struck down laws prohibiting sodomy. The decision was 5-4, with Justice Kennedy joined by liberal justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan. Chief Justice Roberts, along with Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito, were in the minority, each of them writing strident dissents.

Justice Kennedy, whose status as a gay rights hero was cemented today, was also the justice behind every single gay rights decision in the Court’s history, starting with Romer v. Evans which struck down discriminatory laws in Colorado, through to Lawrence v. Texas, which overturned statutes that criminalized gay sex, to U.S. v. Windsor, which forced the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage, and on to today, where he and his colleagues took the step many had hoped they would take two years ago when California’s Proposition 8 was before the justices.

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Before she drops a brand new album, Ella Henderson is making sure her fans don’t forget about her by appearing on a hot new track. The 19-year-old UK songbird lends her vocals on drum and bass duo Sigma’s new EDM single, entitled “Glitterball.” It’s the lead cut from the duo’s forthcoming debut album, Life.

If watching young and attractive people frolicking on the beach is your thing, the music video will be up your alley. It’s a fun summery romp. In between footage of swimwear-clad people, Henderson serves major face in stunning close-ups. Check out the clip below.

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Prior to the landmark decision, gay couples could marry in 37 states in addition to Washington DC. After the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States, the remaining states will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. It’s unclear though, how soon marriage licences will be issued in those states where gay unions were previously prohibited.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

“It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” Justice Kennedy said of the couples challenging state bans on same-sex marriage. “Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Kennedy along with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer all voted in favor of marriage equality. Moments after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Obama tweeted the following.

‘Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins” – @POTUS

For more info, head over to the NY Times.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s upcoming E! series is exactly one month away. I Am Cait which follows the transgender star on her next chapter debuts on Friday, June 26. The network just premiered a new promo which features the 65-year-old looking ethereal wearing a gorgeous peach dress. She’s definitely on point with her fashion game.

“Why did I decide to do a series? I am telling my story. People don’t understand looking into the mirror and nothing seems right. Putting on clothes that you really don’t identify with,” Jenner, 65, says in the video. “This is about getting to be who you really are.”

The new docu-series will also feature lighter moments including Caitlyn going shopping for the first time and doing ‘boy stuff’ like riding a motorcycle. Check out the new promo below.

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selena-gomez-good-for-you-music-video

A week after debuting her single, “Good For You,” Selena Gomez premieres the accompanying visual. Just like the track itself, the 22-year-old singer keeps it relatively simple. It’s just plenty of glamour close-up shots of Selena lying on a couch and getting doused with water. The stripped-down approach is perfect for the slinky track.

Though he’s featured on the single, A$AP Rocky is nowhere to be found in the clip. In fact, his rap verses are shortened. An interesting strategy to say the least.

“Good For You” is the first single off Gomez’s upcoming album for her new label, Interscope Records. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us. Check out Gomez’ new video below.

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Amy Poehler dropped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday night. The two former Weekend Update co-anchors resurrected their popular Saturday Night Live Really!?!‘ bit, much to the delight of the studio audience.

The two were in fine form during their tag-team rant aimed at Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit. He tweeted earlier in the week that “women’s sports in general” are “not worth watching.” Watch Poehler and Meyers below tear him a new one.

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The Canadian singer roughs up his clean cut boy-next-door image with his “Stitches” music video. Shawn Mendes takes a beating from some paranormal force in the Jon Jon Augustavo-directed visual.

This is actually the second clip for the single. Mendes’ team and record label must feel bullish about the song’s potential to film another version. You can tell this one clearly had a bigger budget, resulting in a far better visual.

“Stitches” is the third single off the 16-year-old’s debut album, Handwritten. Check out his latest video below.

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taye-diggs-hedwig-promo

Taye Diggs returns to his Broadway roots on July 22. The 44-year-old actor steps in to play the titular role in the Tony-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, after Darren Criss’ run ends. Diggs will play the German transgender rocker for 12 weeks.

Some of Diggs’ most notable Broadway credits include Rent, Chicago and Carousel. It’s been nearly 12 years since he last appeared on the Great White Way. In 2006, he stepped in to play Fiyero in Wicked opposite his then-wife Idina Menzel.

The first promo picture of Diggs as Hedwig has been released to People magazine. Check it out below and see how it stacks up to Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C Hall and Criss’ posters.

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