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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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Justice Kennedy’s words sparkle in gay and straight wedding ceremonies

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Blake Keng, right, reads from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s recent opinion on same-sex marriage during the wedding of Jillian Levine Smith, left, and Emily Smith, center, in Provincetown, Mass.
Excerpts of Justice Anthony Kennedy's 28-page majority opinion have been making their way into ceremonies all over the country. ...

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SPLC adds to ethics complaint against Justice Roy Moore

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Roy Moore
He's accused of violating judicial ethics with his public criticisms of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. ...

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Same-sex marriage ruling raises issues for Kansas, Missouri

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the nation, Kansas and Missouri legislators face debates next year over religious objections proposals and expanding their state's anti-discrimination laws to protect gays and lesbians. ...

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Fox to develop film on Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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A representative for Fox confirmed Tuesday the studio has acquired the life rights to Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that last month became a landmark in the gay rights movement. ...

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Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide marriage equality

Monday, July 6, 2015
Supporters celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2015 after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. It was 2004 when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Eleven years later, the Supreme Court has now ruled that all those gay marriage bans must fall and same-sex couples have the same right to marry under the Constitution as everyone else.
In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage ...

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Cruz, Huckabee court evangelical votes, warn same‑sex marriage puts nation on perilous path

Monday, July 6, 2015
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee went head-to-head for evangelical votes this weekend, telling a megachurch congregation that God favors the U.S. but that the nation is on a perilous spiritual path because of same-sex marriage. ...

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U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling likely to have global impact

Monday, June 29, 2015
A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the Monument of the Soviet Army, during the Sofia Gay Pride Parade in Sofia, Saturday, June 27, 2015. Hundreds paraded through the Bulgarian capital of Sofia under rainbow-colored balloons and banners for that city's eighth Gay Pride march on Saturday.
The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help advance their cause. ...

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Lead plaintiff in same-sex marriage case gets hero’s welcome at Cincinnati pride

Sunday, June 28, 2015
James Obergefell, center, the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, waves during the Cincinnati Pride parade, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Cincinnati.
A Cincinnati native who was the lead plaintiff in the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has come back to his hometown to celebrate. ...

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Supreme Court decisions highlight political challenges facing GOP

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Jeb Bush
For the second time in two days, the Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Republican Party platform. Yet the response to Friday's same-sex marriage ruling was mild in comparison with the outrage that followed the court's decision Thursday ...

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Long struggle, quick endgame as marriage equality becomes law of the land

Sunday, June 28, 2015
The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a law stipulating that the federal government would not recognize marriages of same-sex couples. On Friday night, the White House was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling legalizing such marriages ...

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