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Louisiana adds to momentum for Supreme Court review of gay marriage

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A second state — Louisiana — told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that the Justices should consider taking on the constitutional dispute over same-sex marriage without waiting further. It is important, the state said in urging prompt review ...

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South Carolina to take same-sex marriage case to U.S. Supreme Court

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State officials in South Carolina notified a federal appeals court Monday that they plan to ask the Supreme Court to hear an appeal on the issue of same-sex marriage, in advance of any decision by the appeals court. ...

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The paths to same-sex marriage review by the U.S. Supreme Court

J. Scott Applewhite (AP)
Depending upon how fast lawyers choose to move, the issue of same-sex marriage could be back before the Supreme Court in a matter of days. So far, only one option has been closed off. The remaining options have ...

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Oregon officials urge Supreme Court to deny NOM’s request for stay

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Arguing that there is no way the U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage when only a private group is defending such a law, Oregon state officials and a group of ...

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Federal appeals court may take another look at ‘heightened scrutiny’ ruling

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
A federal appeals court ruling that had appeared to make it harder for states to justify a ban on same-sex marriage, by raising the constitutional barrier to laws based on sexual orientation, may now be given a new look.  ...

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Ideological differences appear to divide Supreme Court justices on Prop 8

Artist rendering shows Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., center, addressing the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday. Image: Dana Verkouteren, AP
Much will be written about the Proposition 8 oral argument. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that the Court probably will not have the five votes necessary to get to any result at all, and almost certainly will ...

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U.S. Supreme Court asks Harvard law professor to argue DOMA question

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday chose a Harvard professor of constitutional law, Vicki C. Jackson, to argue that the Court does not have the authority to rule on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. ...

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U.S. Supreme Court takes no action on same-sex marriage cases

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The Supreme Court, after taking most of the day to prepare new orders, took no action Friday on the ten same-sex marriage cases now on the docket. It did agree to rule on whether taking a human gene out ...

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The Supreme Court, Justice Kagan, DOMA, and the subject of recusal

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As lawyers maneuver to try to shape how the Supreme Court deals with a stack of cases on same-sex marriage, the attorneys have had to deal with the possibility that Justice Elena Kagan would not take part if the Court ...

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