This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases concerning same-sex marriage. One case hinges on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which bans such marriages in the state. The other case challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. The 1996 federal law denies federal benefits to legally married gay and lesbian couples. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce a ruling in both cases in late June. Here’s the AC360° 411 on the battle over same-sex marriage:
An al-Qaeda affiliated group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for the series of deadly attacks in Baghdad and other parts of the country on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In a statement posted on extremist websites, the Islamic State of Iraq claimed Tuesday’s bloodshed was in “retaliation” against Shiite members of the Iraqi government. At least 61 people were killed and 200 others wounded in two dozen bombings and two shootings, mostly in Shiite neighborhoods. 10 years after the war, sectarian violence continues to plague Iraq. The Iraqis now control their own country, after the last U.S. troop left the country in December 2011. Here’s the AC360° 411 on the Iraq War, 10 years later:
Editor’s Note: Anderson Cooper reports live from Rome tonight on the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergogolio as the new pope for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, has been elected as the new pope of the Catholic Church. He’s taking the name Pope Francis. The name symbolizes "poverty, humility and simplicity,” said John Allen, CNN’s Senior Vatican Analyst. When the new pope spoke to the massive crowd in St. Peter’s Square today, he told them, “Let us pray always for one another. Let us pray for the whole world. Let us have a big brotherhood.” The papal conclave took five votes over two days until it reached its decision. Here’s the AC360 411 on the new pope and papal conclave:
Editor’s note: Tune in at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for all the latest twists and turns in the Jodi Arias trial from Randi Kaye, and analysis from Jeffrey Toobin, Nancy Grace, and Mark Geragos.
It’s a momentous day in the Jodi Arias trial. Arias is answering questions from the jurors - the men and women who will decide if she lives or dies for the 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. The questions were written on pieces of paper and given to Judge Sherry Stephens, who’s reading them to the defendant. The topics cover everything from her relationship with her parents to what happened the night she says she killed Alexander in self-defense. Here’s the AC360 411 break down of the trial:
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