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days on the run scott pelley reports tonight, from new york. >> pelley: history is written. the supreme court guarantees marriage for all. there's a rush for licenses in more than a dozen states where same-sex marriage had been illegal. also tonight, breaking news-- one escaped murderer has been shot dead. police are in hot pursuit of the other. and in words and song, the president praises the charleston pastor gunned down in his own church along with eight of his faithful. ♪ amazing grace ♪ ( applause ) ♪ how sweet the sound captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: today, in one of the most momentous civil rights decisions in its history, the supreme court of the united states found gay and liz americansamericanshave a constitutional right to marry. cheers shook the courthouse steps. licenses were issued and weddings performed in states where such marriages were outlawed. the vote, in "obergefell v. hodges," was 5-4. the dissents were vehement, led by chief justice john robertss. but the majority, led by justice anthony kennedy, found its justification in the 14th amendment written after the civil war to extend equal protection under law to freed slaiches. this court decided equal protection and due process also include same-sex couples. here's our chief legal correspondent jan crawford. >> reporter: it was a ruling decades in the making. a hard-fought victory for the
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right to marry guaranteed in a landmark decision that emphasized equality for gays and lesbians, and the full promise of liberty. writing for the court justice anthony kennedy said:: the court said laws that ban same-sex marriage impose sigma and injury, no different from the hurt that resulted from laws barring interracial unions. president obama who had opposed same-sex marriage until just three years ago hailed the decision as a victory for america. >> when all americans are treated as equal we are all more free. >> reporter: the president called the man at the center of the case, jim obergefell, who
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fought ohio's refusal to recognize his out-of-state marriage to his longtime partner and was in the courtroom when kennedy announced the decision. >> and he started reading, and i started crying. and i cried throughout almost his entire ruling. >> reporter: kennedy acknowledged the historical definition is between a man ask a woman but wrote of, "changed understandings of marriage," saying "new dimensions of freedom become apparent to new generations." in a scathing dissent, justice skald said the "opinion's showy profundities are often profoundly incoherent." all four of the court's conservatives wrote dissents saying the issue should be left to the states. scalia said today's decision ignores the will of the voters to impose the judgment of an elite few "a select, patrician highly unrepresentative panel of nine." and chief justice john roberts encouraged same-sex marriage supporters to, "celebrate today's decision, celebrate the
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achievement of a desired goal, but do not celebrate the constitution. it had nothing to do with it." but it's justice kennedy who has been the decisive voice affirming gay rights under the constitution in four separate major opinions over the past 20 years. those cases will be his legacy, scott, putting gays and lesbians on equal ground. >> pelley: jan crawford on the steps of the court for us this evening. jarng thank you. so june 26, 2015, will be remembered as the day same-sex marriage began to disappear from our national conversation. from now on, it's likely to be known just as "marriage." carter evans is following the reaction. >> reporter: outside san francisco city hall, supporters waited anxiously for the decision to come down. ( cheers ) kate kendall is with the national center for lesbian rights. >> it's a hell of a day! today america walking the talk
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of equal justice under law. >> would you please join hand. >> reporter: inside city hall mark streeter and hai nguyen exchange vows. >> you now pronounce you spouses for life, congratulations. >> reporter: same-sex marriage was already legal in california business but it was also a long road to get there with voters, legislators and court go back and forth on the issue for nine years. california lieutenant governor gavin newsom was mayor of san francisco and first opened city hall to same-sex marriage in 2004. this is now the law of the land. >> yeah, it's incredible. who would have imagined. >> reporter: in new york hundreds marched in victory through the streets and there were long lines for marriage licenses in dallas, texas. in ohio, two men finally tied the knot after being together for 20 years. matthew mansell and john espejo were plaintiffs in one of the cases before the supreme court. they're now celebrating their new right. >> we shouldn't have to say "it's a gay marriage," or "it's a regular marriage." it's just marriage.
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>> reporter: lieutenant governor niewson says today's ruling is just another step. >> people still have strong bigotry. people don't always share it. there are still laws on the books that allow you to be fired if you're gay. there are still laws on the book that deny to you get a table in a restaurant in this country. >> reporter: in california, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2013, gay couples are still feeling a sense of relief today. scott, they tell me they can now go anywhere in the country and enjoy the same rights they have here. >> pelley: carter, thank you very much. now, the ruling does not take effect for three weeks and three states-- mississippi louisiana, and north dakota-- said they won't issue licenses yet. but others complied immediately and in texas, george harris and jack evans became the first to be married in dallas county. they have been together for 54 years. still, many in the nation were dismayed by the ruling, including alabama governor robert bentley. >> i like 81% of the people of
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alabama, believe that marriage is at least, on the biblical sense, is defined between one man and one woman. we have to go, obviously by what the courts say but i certainly can disagree with them and i do. >> pelley: but with today's ruling alabama and these 13 additional states will join the rest of the union making same-sex unions the law of the land. now, in a major breaking story late today police killed one of the new york murderers who escaped from maximum security 21 days ago. anna werner is covering the manhunt, which is now in hot pursuit of a second convict on the run. anna. >> reporter: scott, police have confirmed that escapee richard matt has been shot and killed and they are hot on the trail of the other escapee david sweat. now, here is what we know about how all this came about.
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late this afternoon, we were coming down route 3 which is south of the village of malone, here in new york, watching the police cars going down. we understand that there was an attempted carjacking by one or both of these fugitives. a man driving a camper said he heard shots, got out of the vehicle, didn't realize that his camper had been hit until he saw the bullet holes. now we understand shortly after that sources tell us members of an let's national border patrol unit shot and killed richard matt. we're still hearing that they are in pursuit of david sweat who is, obviously on the run scott. but tonight a 22-day manhunt appears to be coming to a close. >> pelley: anna werner on the breaking news tonight. anna, thank you very much. today, president obama told 6,000 mourners that the nine victims of last week's church massacre were living by faith when they died. in an emotional inspirational
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eulogy mr. obama praised clementa pinckney, the slain pastor of the emanuel a.m.e. church in charleston, south carolina. and jeff pegues was there. >> what a good man. you preacher by 13. pastor by 18. public servant by 23. what a life clementa pinckney lived. to the families of the fallen, the nation shares in your grief. our pain cut that much deeper because it happened in a church. the church is and always has been the center of african american life. ( applause ) >> that's right. >> a place to call our own in a too-often hostile world a sanctuary from so many hardships. >> reporter: the president said the killer knew the meaning of attacking a church. >> it was an act that drew on a
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long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. >> amen. >> not random. but as a means of control. >> amen. >> a way to terrorize and oppress. >> reporter: that oppression, mr. obama said, persists today. >> maybe we now realize the way racial bias can infect us, even when we don't realize it. so that we're guarding against not just racial slurs but we're also guarding against the subtle impulse to call johnny back for a job interview but not jamal. >> reporter: the shooting has already sparked change in south carolina. the confederate battle flag that flies on the state capital ground could be gone within weeks. >> for too long, we were blind to the pain that the confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens.
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( applause ) it would not be an insult to the valor of confederate soldiers. it would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought, the calls of slavery was wrong. ( applause ) >> reporter: the president said change must not stop there. >> whatever solutions we find will necessarily be incomplete. but it would be a betrayal of everything reverend pinckney stood for i believe if we allowed ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again. >> reporter: the president spoke of the grace of the victims' families for offering forgiveness to the shooter and of the amazing grace of reverend pinckney. ♪ amazing
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grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. ♪ i once was lost ♪ >> pelley: that was jeff pegues reporting. the funeral was in a basketball arena, but that wasn't nearly big enough. michelle miller spoke to some of the mourners. ♪ this is the day that the lord has made ♪ >> reporter: the spirit of the church spilled on to the streets of charleston today. for some, it brought back memories of martin luther king. >> pinckney was like a modern day m.l.k. he was all about doing the right
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thing. if you knew him, he was a real nice person. >> reporter: patrick emerson a charleston resident for more than a decade, thought it was important to bring his 14-year-old son. >> the grief that everybody has felt has been a uniifying factor. >> please, back up. >> reporter: by mid-morning the 5,000-plus-seat arena was at capacity. >> i just we're just fighting tears back because we can't believe we're actually not going to get in. kind of heartbroken. >> reporter: blacks and whites stood shoulder to shoulder to pay tribute. some fainted waiting in the high heat and humidity. reverend noah nyamaropa was grateful to vathe chance to mourn his friend. >> it healed my wounds, and i feel happy that he died for a good cause. >> reporter: and the good-byes are not over yet scott. there are two wakes here tonight at emanuel a.m.e., with sick
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more funerals through tuesday. >> pelley: michelle miller, outside the historic church for us tonight. michelle, thank you. in another big story today, more than 60 people were killed in three terror attacks. in france, an islamist tried to blow up a gas bill plante. a decapitated body was found. in kuwait at least 27 were murderd and more than 200 injured in the bombing of a mosque. and in tunisia air gunman at a beach resort killed at least 39, most of them western tourists. charlie d'agata in tunis. >> reporter: the attack turned a sunny beach resort into a scene of carnage. a tunisian security for said the gunman hid a kalashnikov rifle in an umbrella until he reached the beach where he opened fire. he found more victims at the hotel pool. survivors were rushed to the hospital. >> i heard someone firing a gun and then i looked to my wife ask she knot up and ran and as i
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turned the bullet just hit me in my arm. and i just saw the gunman firing shots randomly at people lying on the sunbeds on the beach. >> reporter: many tried to run for safety, barricading themselveses in their hotel rooms. the resort is a popular destination for europeans. among the dead were german, british, and belgian tourists. the gunman, in shorts and a t-shirt, was killed by tunisian sciewrpt forces. police are still looking for accomplices. today's attack comes just four months after islamic militants struck a museum in tunis killing 22 people, mostly foreign tourists. tunisia has been troubled by terrorism since the overthrow of the country's dictator in 2011 at the start arab spring. police have identified the shooter as a young tunisian student who is not on any terror watch list. it is the kind of attack that
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isis encourages and inspires, but, scott, at this point no group has come forward to claim responsibility. >> pelley: charlie thanks very much. in a moment, steve hartman looks at how far america has come. and the search for an olympic sailor missing off florida when the cbs evening news continues. you do all this research on the perfect car. gas mileage , horse power... torque ratios. three spreadsheets later you finally bring home the one. then smash it into a tree. your insurance company's all too happy to raise your rates. maybe you should've done a little more research on them. for drivers with accident forgiveness liberty mutual won't raise your rates due to your first accident. see car insurance in a whole new light. liberty mutual insurance.
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" >> >> pelley: on this historic day, steve hartman reflects on the long road america is traveling. >> reporter: it's been nearly 50 years since cbs news first took on the subject of gay rights. it was in a documentary. you'll recognize the host, mike wallace, but you won't recognize your country. >> most americans are repelled by the mere notion of homosexuality. a cbs news survey shows two out of three americans look upon homosexuals with disgust discomfort or fear. >> reporter: this was 1967, and whoever named the program cut straight to the chase. "cbs reports, the homosexuals," will continue in a moment. >> reporter: the show was so controversial, not one sponsor would touch it. in fact, the very notion of gay rights was brand new. >> i'm a country boy, i guess because i couldn't believe this. i mean, i didn't know this was a problem over here, or at least i didn't think anybody would have a sign out about it. >> reporter: but for me, the most telling part of the program
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was a bizarre interview with a man shrouded by a house plant. >> i don't go looking for homosexual relationships. >> reporter: apparently back then just admitting you were gay, required some fairly dense foliage. >> you are now husband and husband. >> reporter: now, of course, gay couples are show their love without so much as a ficus. on the steps of city hall, with every network watching. i know that still makes some people uncomfortable, but they'll get used to. in 2000, i was best man at one of the very first gay civilians in the country. my best friend, nicholas d'ambra, and his now husband went to vermont for the ceremony. 15 years later they are happily married with two great kids. and when i look at this family, all i see is loaf. >> we end as we began with a homosexual. >> reporter: so much has changed in the last 50 years but one thing hasn't-- at the end of the show, the guy behind the plant said something that could have just as easily come
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off today's satellite feed. it was a wish. >> a family, a home, some place where you belong, a place where you're loved where you can love somebody, and god knows i need to love somebody. >> reporter: love never was just a straight thing, as the court has now confirmed. it's a human thing. steve hartman, cbs news. >> pelley: a sight seeing tour has ended in tragedy. we'll have that just ahead. n, four hundred thirty-four thousand three hundred eleven people in this city. and only one me. ♪ i'll take those odds. ♪ be unstoppable. the all-new 2015 ford edge. americans. we're living longer than ever. as we age, certain nutrients...
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>> pelley: nine people were killed yesterday when a cite seeing plane crashed in alaska. the wreckage it se base of an 800-foot cliff in a national park near ketchikan. they were from a cruise ship that left seattle. no word on the cause. rescuers are searching a harbor in miami for a u.s. olympic team sailor who vanished yesterday. trevor moore's 15-foot dinghy was found with his lifejacket and some personal belongings. when we come back, reflections on an extraordinary week.
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>> >> pelley: we'd like to end with a thought about these remarkable five days. the first american idea that all men are created equal has noafer been honored. it was aspiration more than declaration. and so the struggle for progress has been the inheritance of every american since. pressure for equality builds, and once in a great while like a tectonic fault, there is a sudden lurch forward. that's the quake we felt this week. on monday, south carolina moved to strike the confederate battle flag. overnight, there was a national rush to obliterate relics of
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oppression. shopkeepers and state houses couldn't remove them fast enough as if they'd been noticed for the first time. today, the tremor moved the stone at the court shifting the word carved there nearer to the truth. millions of americans for the first time in our history achieved their equal justice under law. the african american poet langston hughes wrote, "let america be america again. it never was america to me." the truths, self-evident at our found regular not self-fulfilling. we the people, are founding today the america that was promised. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world i'm scott pelley, and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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