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Essential Pittsburgh: What The Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means For The Country

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The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015. The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S.

Pennsylvania has been recognizing same-sex marriages for a little over a year. With the recent decision from the Supreme Court on the nationwide legality of gay marriage, we’ll address how their ruling could affect the nation with Pitt Law Professor Anthony Infanti.

Infanti touches on the impact of public opinion and how far we as a society have come:

"If you think about what would be a, quote on quote, strict interpretation of the constitution some people would say well go back 200 years ago and see what they would have said, the answer would have been very different than the answer we got today. … It does evolve overtime and clearly the court at some level takes into account where the country is at and where the country is willing to go." -Anthony Infanti

Also, Pittsburgh Business Times reporter Kris Mamula discusses the upholding of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act by the Supreme Court, and we take a look at increased popularity of craft beers in Pittsburgh with food columnist Hal B. Klein and author Mark Brewer.

ACA is Here to Stay (starts at 28:30)

A 6-3 decision by the Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. How will this impact Pennsylvanians and the rest of the nation? We’ll pose that question to Kris Mamula, who covers health issues for the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Craft Beer Culture (starts at 43:34)

Whether you call them brewskis or simply beers, the beverage is having its moment. We’ll delve into the increased popularity of craft beers with Hal B. Klein, Pittsburgh Magazine food columnist and Mark Brewer, author and illustrator of the book "Brewology."

More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be found here.