U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the United States. It has ultimate (and largely discretionary) appellate jurisdiction over all federal courts and over state court cases involving issues of federal law, and original jurisdiction over a small range of cases. The Court, which meets in the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., consists of a chief justice and eight associate justices who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate. Once appointed, justices have life tenure unless they resign, retire, or are removed after impeachment. [ Website ] [ Wikipedia ]

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Twelve states still ban sodomy a decade after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Monday, April 21, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. — A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books more that 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Attorney Charles Cooper, the lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

Lawyer who argued in favor of Prop 8 now planning gay daughter’s wedding

Thursday, April 17, 2014
WASHINGTON — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on same-sex marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. [ Read more → ]
Nine-year-old Lillian Gutierrez, left, joins her mother, Veronica, both of Denver, in waving placards at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.

What’s next in the legal odyssey to achieve marriage equality across the land?

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a same-sex marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court declines appeal over N.M. gay bias case

Monday, April 7, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom. [ Read more → ]
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Supreme Court hearing on religious exemptions seems ‘deeply worrisome’

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Nobody spoke about recent efforts to circumvent laws protecting LGBT from discrimination by claiming religious motivations; nobody pointed out that people with religious objections to contraception often have religious objections to alternative insemination for lesbians and condom distribution for safe sex education. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court considers cases relating to corporations’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APVin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday hoping to hear the court announce decisions in the gay marriage cases.

Battle over same-sex marriage moving rapidly to federal appeals courts

Saturday, February 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The overturning of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories. [ Read more → ]
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.

Supreme Court stay complicates marriages of same-sex couples in Utah

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Michael Mathie proposed to his partner Tyler McCraley on Christmas. The next day, they joined the historic rush of same-sex couples getting marriage licenses in Utah. [ Read more → ]
Francisco Kjolseth, The Salt Lake Tribune (AP)Heather, left, and Jax Collins of West Jordan join hundreds of other same-sex couples descending on county clerk offices around the state of Utah last month to request marriage licenses.

Married same-sex couples in Utah in ‘legal limbo’ after Supreme Court stay

Monday, January 6, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Married same-sex couples in Utah were thrust into legal limbo Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state, turning jubilation to doubt just weeks after a judge’s ruling sent people rushing to get married. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court grants stay, same-sex marriage on hold in Utah

Monday, January 6, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue. The court issued a brief order blocking any new same-sex unions in the state. [ Read more → ]
Tom Smart, Deseret News (AP)Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbeity, one of the gay couples that challenged Utah's gay marriage ban, at a celebration rally in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.

Lawyers for gay couples ask Supreme Court to allow same-sex unions

Friday, January 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawyers for three same-sex couples in Utah have filed court papers with the U.S. Supreme Court explaining why gay marriage should be allowed to continue. [ Read more → ]
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Sotomayor ponders stay of order allowing same-sex marriage in Utah

Thursday, January 2, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is pondering whether to grant a stay of a federal district court’s order that the state of Utah stop enforcing its ban on marriage for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Utah asks U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages during appeal

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state's voter-approved ban. [ Read more → ]
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Advances in gay rights piling up, but battles still remain

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
NEW YORK -- In Maine, a congressman running for governor came out as gay. In Hawaii, lawmakers prepared for a vote to legalize same-sex marriage. And in the U.S. Senate, seven Republicans joined the Democrats in a landmark vote to ban workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. [ Read more → ]
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O’Connor performs same-sex wedding at U.S. Supreme Court building

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has officiated at the wedding of a gay couple at the Supreme Court, at least the second such ceremony at the court since its June decision that expanded federal recognition of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Supreme Court won’t hear Cuccinelli’s appeal to reinstate sodomy law

Monday, October 7, 2013
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Courtwon’t hear an appeal of a lower court ruling striking down Virginia’s anti-sodomy law. [ Read more → ]
Justice Anthony Kennedy

Kennedy: Ideological gridlock leaves too many divisive issues up to the Court

Thursday, October 3, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Justice Anthony Kennedy criticized the ideological gridlock that leaves so many divisive issues to the Supreme Court, saying a "functioning democracy" would resolve them in the political arena. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APU.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks with National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen at the museum Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Philadelphia.

Ginsburg: Same-sex marriage reflects genius of the U.S. Constitution

Saturday, September 7, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently officiated at a friend's same-sex wedding, told a Philadelphia audience Friday that growing acceptance of gay marriage reflects the "genius" of the U.S. Constitution. [ Read more → ]
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Ginsburg first Supreme Court Justice to officiate same-sex wedding

Friday, August 30, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is performing a same-sex wedding this weekend in what is believed to be a first for a member of the nation's highest court. [ Read more → ]
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Justice Antonin Scalia: Supreme Court shouldn’t ‘invent new minorities’

Monday, August 19, 2013
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- The U.S. Supreme Court is making decisions that should be left to Congress or the people, from wiretapping to "inventing" new classes of minorities, Justice Antonin Scalia said Monday. [ Read more → ]
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N.J. judge to hear gay marriage case in first challenge to test DOMA ruling

Sunday, August 11, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- A New Jersey court case headed for oral arguments this week is among the first to test what a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down key parts of a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage means in states. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

U.S. Supreme Court denies Cuccinelli’s request for stay on Va. sodomy law

Saturday, August 10, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request by Virginia Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli to put on hold a lower court ruling that nullified a sweeping anti-sodomy state law. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz: Pray to stop the ‘assault on marriage’

Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Christian Broadcasting Network has released more footage from the recent Religious Right summit in Iowa organized by David Lane and featuring speakers like U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). [ Read more → ]
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Should states’ rights decide gay rights? Or any rights?

Sunday, July 21, 2013
The citizens of each state want what they want. The people with the money have the power, and they want to mold their cities and towns to their own little standards, with their own little rules, their own little prejudices, and their own little innuendos. Those who struggle to keep their heads above the water have no money which means they have no power and their voice is very rarely, if ever, heard. They are considered “the other,” and the laws are never structured to their benefit ... LGBTQ citizens fall into “the other” category. [ Read more → ]
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