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D. Bruce Hanes, clerk of the Orphans' Court of Montgomery County, Pa., near Philadelphia, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples when he "decided to come down on the right side of history." Same-sex marriages are still illegal in Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)

D. Bruce Hanes, clerk of the Orphans' Court of Montgomery County, Pa., near Philadelphia, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples when he "decided to come down on the right side of history." Same-sex marriages are still illegal in Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)

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The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.