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come on bring me down ♪ ♪ i said ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like a room without a roof ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you know what happiness is to you ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like a room without a roof ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you know what happiness is to you ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do ♪ ♪ happy come on bring me down ♪ ♪ happy come on bring me down ♪ ♪ love is too happy to bring me down come on bring me down ♪
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♪ i said bring me down come on bring me down ♪ ♪ love is too happy to bring me down come on bring me down ♪ ♪ i said ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like a room without a roof ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you know what happiness is to you ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like a room without a roof ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth ♪ ♪ because i'm happy clap along if you know what happiness is to you ♪ ♪ because i'm happy >> jimmy: i want to thank channing tatum, paul feig, pharrell williams. apologies to matt damon. we ran out of time. it wasn't the right thing to do, but we'll reschedule him. tomorrow, dwyane wade, and tony goldwyn.
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thank you for joining us, good night. tonight on "nightline," down goes doma, by striking down the defense of marriage act, the highest court in the land expands the rights of gay americans like never before. our supreme court veteran has more on the reaction from the nation. >> hernandez. >> after the execution-style shooting, aaron hernandez fights for his freedom. we'll have the very latest. and it is mayhem at wimbledon, as the grass is described as greasy, some taking
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. from new york city, this is "nightline." with bill weir. >> good evening, thank you for joining us tonight. well, for those who believe that equality for gay americans is the civil rights struggle of our time, this is a day on par with the emancipation proclamation. of course, there are many who disagree with the court's decision to overtur n the defense of marriage act, so what happened today? and where does america go from here? here is my "nightline" co-anchor, terry moran.
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>> ♪ make them hear you. >> it was gay day at the supreme court this morning, with repercussions ripping across the nation. the justices struck down the defense of marriage act, or doma, and sent it back to the lower court, basically legalizing gay marriage in the most popular state. for many it was a day of triumph and pent-up emotions. >> today is a good day. today is the day i finally get to look at the man i love and finally say will you please marry me? [ cheers and applause ] >> so you just got engaged over here? >> well, we gotçó engaged a lon time ago, but that was a nice public proposal. i realize i never said yes on the microphone, so i did the
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yes. >> so you're on the record? >> we're on the record of saying yes. >> reporter: word spread so quickly, that president obama spoke to the other couple on his way to africa. you talked to the president today already? >> we did, we talked to the president. he called from air force one to congratulate us. >> what was that like? >> i have to say i was a little shaky at that moment. hearing his voice, and then picturing him on the day of the state of the union where he likened our cause to selma, and saying that he recognized this battle was a good battle for the whole country. and he wants to be on the winning side. and we are. ♪ now justice was denied. >> david boyd represented these plaintiffs in the prop 8 case. >> it is the most rewarding case
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that i or my colleagues have ever been involved in. >> really? why? >> because it has affected people's lives in fundamental ways. and because it has brought this society closer to the idealsñr equality. >> reporter: while the prop 8 case affects millions in california, the other case decided today, overturning the defense of marriage act, is far more sweeping and shows how much this country has changed in the last 17 years. doma was passed in 1996, in a defined moment as marriage between one woman and one man. the senate debate was filled with dire predictions and fear. >> to force upon our communities the legal recognition would be social engineering beyond anything in the american experience. >> what took thousands of years to build is being dismantled in
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a generation. >> reporter: but in just the last eight months, six states have recognized gay marriages and politicians who once opposed it are now supporting it ♪ make them hear you. >> reporter: today, the court struck down doma 5-4, by justice kennedy who declared in ringing tones that the law was unconstitutional because it demeans couples, hearing the words that tens of thousands of children are being raised by gay couples, and serves no purpose. but his opinion brought a blistering dissent, and they accused anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of decency. >> i could not put down my sword when justice was my right.
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>> reporter: but for edie windsor, what mattered was she won. her case arose through the love of her life, they finally got married in 2007 in canada. but then after thea died in 2009, edie, who lives on a fixed income was suddenly hit with $360,000 in estate taxes, taxes no straight widow would have to pay. she sued the federal government for discrimination. i spoke to her soon after the court agreed to hear her case. >> it was a marriage that anybody would want, gay or straight. we had a wonderful life together. >> reporter: today, my colleague, diane sawyer spoke to her after the ruling came down. >> when you heard the news, what did you do? >> cried, first thing. and the room was full of people because of the -- they were screaming and crying at the same
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time. >> i heard you say of yourself, this old lady flourished. >> yeah, the support of the community was amazing. what happened is, i think youngsters who had had no idea of what the possible effects of that ruling would be, thought okay, suddenly. oh wow, she is going to make it better. and they treated me -- they had done wonderful things. >> reporter: for hours after the ruling, the supreme court was a scene of jubilation. the internet almost exploded with the news. google typed in certain symbols, early tweets couldn't suppress it. from dicaprio, well done. ben afflec, hello.
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and in san francisco, the celebration started early in the morning and the emotions were overwhelming. abc's cecilia vega had just talked to a couple who proposed when the ruling came down. >> great day for democracy, to be in the sea of people for whom it matters so much. it is very exciting. it is very emotional. >> it is emotional. >> reporter: but for millions of americans who oppose gay marriage and cherish traditional marriage, it is a sad day. >> it is a sad day when they turn their backs on the will of voters. >> reporter: across the country, it was as if something big had happened, the shift in the meaning of equality. the old bedrock principle, extended once again, renewed. >> when you're denied the right
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to even consider the damage from that swelled up. and that is what leads to doubting yourself. and you feel that my country or state really wants to sanction discrimination just because of the person i love. we're like everybody else. we hope that everybody finds the person they want to marry and has the right to do that, because that is what our country is about. ♪ when they hear you, i'll be near you. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm terry moran in washington. >> great to have terry's legal perspective on an historic day. our thanks to him. and coming up, after days of digging for clues police bring out a patriots star in cuffs. charging him with murder. the latest on the curious case of aaron hernandez when we return. doors...
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a year after signing him to a five-year, $40 million contract, the new england patriots cut aaron hernandez today. the kind of announcement that wouldn't make it above the fold in most sports pages, but it happened after he was charged with murder. so we have another tale, planned in scandal. hernandez was denied bail. and now prosecutors have to prove why and how he could execute a friend after a night on the town.
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in massachusetts. >> reporter: aaron hernandez seemed to be living the dream. a trip to the super bowl. big-time endorsements, a million dollar home. but that all came crashing down today when hernandez was arrested without bail, charged with the murder of his friend, pro football player, 27-year-old odin lloyd. a promising player, he had attention from tom brady. now, hernandez may be wearing a different uniform. the arrest ends more than a week of speculation that hernandez was involved in the execution-style murder. lloyd was found dead in an industrial park less than a mile from hernandez's home, in attleboro, massachusetts, in court, the prosecutors outlined
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an elaborate plot at a boston nightclub called "rumor." prosecutors say the plan happened sunday night, as they looked at texts from both hernandez and lloyd. lloyd gets in a car with hernandez and two friends. after driving a while, he sends a text message early in the morning saying did you see who i'm with? his sister responds by saying who? lloyd says nfl, which prosecutors say means hernandez. as soon as lloyd got out of the car at the industrial complex, prosecutors say he was shot three times immediately, falling to the ground. still alive, prosecutors allege hernandez and his friends stood over the body. that is when lloyd was shot two more times at close range in his chest. >> your honor, the defendant is charged. >> reporter: the prosecutors
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seemed to know intimate details on what happened the night lloyd was murdered. >> police were able to quickly determine his identification based on a license found in the wallet. and that actually had a registration that they were able to run. that registration came back to show that it had been rented by the defendant. the phone that was recovered was also analyzed and revealed that there had been communications between the defendant and the victim within hours before the victim's death. >> we want this defendant evaluated on the merits as any other defendant would be before this court. first on the strength of the case, your honor. we just heard him describe the case, it is a circumstantial case. >> reporter: why would somebody who allegedly had everything, would get himself into a situation? >> they're young men with a high energy and believe that they conquered the world if they get
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to the heights, as hernandez had. and i think it can make them reckless. >> some say there were warning signs earlier. others say there were concerns over hernandez before he was drafted into the nfl. >> if we believe the reports, he was a third or fourth round draft pick in 2010 because the league had looked into his background. and some people had determined that they didn't like what they had seen. >> reporter: the nfl coaches have been known to take chances on players with tons of potential. >> bill belichick, somebody who is always looking for a way to win. and i'm not saying that character is not a factor in their decision-making. they have shown willingness, or eagerness to take chances on guys who had run-ins, but certainly it is not the first thing that gets considered when somebody gets signed. not only by the new england patriots, but anybody. >> today, just two hours after
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being arrested hernandez was released. in a statement, they said "words cannot express the disappointment we feel. we support their efforts and respect the process. at this time we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do". >> with the nfl's connections to law enforcement that they had a bad feeling about where this was going. and obviously, where it ended up going with a first degree murder charge is not something an nfl franchise, even if it believes in his innocence, wants to be involved with. >> the league can only do so much. i think the league honestly tries to teach young athletes to behave themselves, not to associate with the wrong kinds of people. but people, to a certain are who they are. >> reporter: hernandez could get
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time now for some slippery tennis and some very powerful women. and if michael jackson's fans miss him four years after his death, those are tonight's stories on feed frenzy. michael jackson's son, prince, described his family's pain today. while testifying in the wrongful death lawsuit against aeg live, the concert promoter is fighting allegations by jackson's mother, kathryn, that he was instructed to keep the performer well-rested with the powerful drug that caused his overdose. prince jackson was 5 when his
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father died, and says he has sleep troubles himself. but his sister, paris, took it the hardest. and things look a little more equitable, in the world of names. forbes listed the top celebrities, listing the personal wealth and media rankings. women have the top slots, with oprah on top. despite an 80 million drop in earnings, beyonce and lady gaga are on top, with steven spielburg was on the list. and eight players, including number two ranked victoria


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