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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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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the ...

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U.S. Supreme Court adds same-sex marriage cases to Sept. 29 agenda

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29. The action Wednesday does not mean that the court will decide that day to hear state appeals of lower court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. But the late September conference will be the first time...

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80 Utah lawmakers warn Supreme Court that gay marriage could lead to polygamy, incest

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Eighty members of the Utah state legislature have filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, because allowing gay to marry could lead to incestuous and polygamous marriages. The amicus brief supporting Utah's appeal asserts that the ...

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Will the U.S. Supreme Court finally settle the issue of marriage equality?

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justices: Back row (left to right): Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, and Elena Kagan. Front row (left to right): Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
WASHINGTON -- Both sides in the same-sex marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. Even a justice recently said she thinks so, too. The emerging consensus makes it likely that the justices soon will agree to take up the question of whether the Constitution forbids states from defining marriage as the union of a...

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Indiana, Wisconsin appeal same-sex marriage rulings to U.S. Supreme Court

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Attorneys general for Wisconsin and Indiana each tried to convince the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that his state's gay marriage case should be the one to decide the contentious issue for the country. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and his Wisconsin counterpart, J.B. Van Hollen, separately asked the nation's highest court to reverse a 7th Circuit ...

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Churches urge U.S. Supreme Court to act on same-sex marriage

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church and four religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a statement Friday, said it joined a friend-of-the-court brief asking the high court to hear Utah's marriage case.

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32 states ask Supreme Court to settle gay marriage question once and for all

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Thirty-two states that either allow same-sex marriage or have banned it asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to settle the issue once and for all. Fifteen states that allow same-sex marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn bans. And 17 other states, led by Colorado, that have ....

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Ind. AG to ask U.S. Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that found the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday that it seems clear the issue will have to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Zoeller says his office will seek a stay while it appeals the decision.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to officiate another same-sex wedding

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate another same-sex wedding this weekend in New York. Ginsburg will officiate the ceremony for Danny Rubens, her former law clerk, and his his soon-to-be spouse Danny Grossman, also an attorney.

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It’s time for the Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
J. Scott Applewhite, AP
It's unusual when the winners of a case ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of their victory. But that is exactly the plea being made by lawyers for same-sex couples who successfully challenged bans on such unions in Virginia, Oklahoma and Utah. And for good reasons. Although some same-sex couples have been able to enjoy the protections of marriage ...

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