Gay marriage supporters celebrate outside the Equality California offices in West Hollywood after Wednesday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the sponsors of California's controversial Proposition 8 did not have the legal standing to appeal a 2010 ruling against the measure.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles TimesLink
From right, David Cooley, Brandon Brown, Colby Melvin, Cory Leech and Wildran Quesada celebrate the Supreme Court decision to strike down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
Gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court at sunrise in anticipation of two major rulings on same-sex marriage that were handed down Wednesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated PressLink
School children carry a giant get well painting to the wall where well-wishers are leaving cards and flowers for former South African President Nelson Mandela, who is hospitalized in critical condition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIM LUDBROOK / EPALink
Members of the gallery cheer and chant, disrupting an attempt in the Texas Senate to bring an abortion bill to a vote as time expired on a special legislative session. The bill passed but the vote came after the midnight deadline.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric Gay / Associated PressLink
Early arrivals at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts queue up at Worthy Farm, a Somerset dairy farm playing host to the massive music festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesLink
Activists from the environmental group Greenpeace bury one of three dead harbor porpoises, victims of Danish fishing nets on the Baltic Sea, during a protest/mock funeral in front of the German Agricultural Ministry.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adam Berry / Getty ImagesLink
Free Syrian Army fighters rest in a house with a small arsenal of weapons on the outskirts of Aleppo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khalil Hamra / Associated PressLink
Former Taliban militants attend a ceremony during which they surrendered their arms under a U.S.-backed Afghan government amnesty program.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JALIL REZAYEE / EPALink
Indian social workers help Bijlee, a 54-year-old Asian female elephant, after she collapsed and was unable to stand on her own. Bijlee, who has been forced by her owners to help them beg on the streets of India for years, is currently being attended by veterinary staff from Indias largest animal rescue and conservation organization, Wildlife SOS.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated PressLink
Liquor bottles are smashed in the air as part of International Anti-Drug Day in the Shahkas area of the Jamrud Khyber Agency, one of Pakistan's federally administered tribal areas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: A MAJEED / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A pile of seized narcotics is set on fire during a ceremony commemorating International Anti-Drug Day in Iran.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ebrahim Noroozi / Associated PressLink
Astronauts wait to be helped out of the reentry capsule of their Shenzhou X spacecraft after a successful touchdown at the Chinese space program's main landing site in Inner Mongolia. The astronauts returned after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images AsiaPacLink
A drug addict receives treatment at Mukti rehabilitation center near Calcutta. Hundreds of addicted men and boys stay at least three month in the center for mental and physical treatment.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIYAL ADHIKARY / EPALink
A Nepalese farmer wearing a ghoom, a traditional umbrella, heads toward his paddy field at the beginning of the monsoon season on the outskirts of Katmandu.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPALink
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