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South Carolina lowered the Confederate battle flag that had flown outside its State House this morning and moved it to a Civil War museum nearby. The law calling for the flag's removal progressed quickly through the state legislature and was signed by the governor yesterday.

While many had called for the controversial flag's removal since it began flying on capitol grounds over 50 years ago, debate intensified following the racially-motivated killing of nine black parishioners in a historically black church last month.

While many are celebrating the Supreme Court's decision in favor of marriage equality in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, many others are still trying to resist the tide of progress.

Before the ruling came out last Friday, 15 states still had bans on same-sex marriage. Of those states, many welcomed the new era of marriage equality with open arms while some reluctantly and grudgingly complied with the "law of the land." Only a few states are still fighting tooth and nail to "protect the freedom of religious beliefs."

Here is a breakdown of how those 15 states are reacting to the Supreme Court's ruling:

Yesterday, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Today, that definition is an unconstitutional violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry.

In 36 states, same-sex couples are already able to legally marry. In the 13 holdout states, same-sex couples are eagerly awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The court must decide whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

If the court rules in favor of same sex marriage, then same sex couples in all 50 states will be able to marry. In addition, the decision will have far reaching financial implications, such as social security, tax, and estate planning benefit once denied to same-sex couples.

The lawmakers who were working so very hard to protect religious rights in Indiana probably weren't considering the possibility of a Church of Cannabis when they passed the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

When Indiana's RFRA goes into effect on July 1, the Church of Cannabis will have its first service. Church founder, Bill Levin, relies on RFRA and the First Amendment to assert his right to smoke marijuana, in direct violation of the state's law, as part of his religion.

Will he succeed?

Rachel Dolezal claims to be African American. Her parents say that she is Caucasian.

In the past few days, Rachel Dolezal's story has exploded into the public arena. For years, Rachel identified herself as African American. When applying for a job she identified herself as white, African American, and Native America. However, according to her parents, Rachel is Caucasian, or more specifically, European and Native American.

What's the big deal? Is it a lie to identify with a certain race not evidenced by your heritage? Is it illegal to lie about your racial identity?

In a move that would be laughable if it wasn't so sad and damaging, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder tried to beat the U.S. Supreme Court's impending same-sex marriage ruling by quickly signing three bills into law that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT people.

The probably unconstitutional laws permit faith-based adoption agencies to discriminate against potential adoptive parents if they are gay.

One hundred and seventy-seven bikers were arrested following a May melee that left nine dead in Waco, Texas. As of today, 143 of them remain behind bars.

Matt Clendennen is one of the 34 who've managed to get bailed out of the McLennan County Jail, and has filed a lawsuit against the city of Waco, McLennan County, District Attorney Abelino Reyna, and individual officers involved in his arrest, claiming authorities violated his client's Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights.

With this oath you promise to uphold the Constitution and laws of this State ... except the ones you don't like.

North Carolina is trying to pass a bill that would allow public officials to opt out of having to perform gay marriages. Governor Pat McCrory already vetoed the bill, but the Republican led state Senate overrode McCrory's veto with a 32-16 vote.

It seems like nearly every year, a school foolishly decides to exclude a student from the yearbook, not because of any horrific criminal activity, but because of her choice of clothing.

This year, Lincoln High School, in Stockton, California, excluded Crystal Cumplido's senior portrait from the yearbook because she wore a tuxedo instead of the low cut shoulder bearing drape required for girls. But not only was her picture excluded, no mention of Cumplido could be found in the yearbook, not even in the index.

When will schools learn?