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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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Obama: ‘Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage’

Monday, October 20, 2014
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency. Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the best of his tenure.

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Ginsburg: ‘No crying need’ for the Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

Monday, October 20, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
NEW YORK -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sunday said there was "no need" for the high court to intervene on the issue of same-sex marriage. In an interview with NPR's Nina Totenburg at the famed 92nd Street Y in New York City, Ginsburg said the court declined to hear seven appeals challenging the marriage bans ...

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Poll: Most Americans support Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

Monday, October 20, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
Most Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support the recent U.S. Supreme Court action allowing gay marriages to go forward in several states – including a bare majority in the 11 states in which such marriages have begun in the past week and a half. Overall, 56 percent of Americans support the court’s action, while 38 percent...

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9th Circuit grants temporary stay of Alaska same-sex marriages

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- The federal appeals court for the West on Wednesday issued a temporary halt to gay marriages in Alaska, just hours before most couples would be allowed to tie the knot. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco granted a temporary halt until late Friday morning to allow the state to take its case...

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Marriage equality: Let freedom, and wedding bells, ring

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Michelle Giorgi and Karen Madrone share a lighter moment with the Rev. Julie Peebles as she officiates in their wedding at the Guilford County Register of Deeds office on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Greensboro, N.C.
The thing that is surprising is why it has taken so many decades to arrive at marriage equality. The lesbian moms and gay dads and their children of the 1960s were the leaders in same-sex marriage and family issues. History largely does not remember them. From the 1960s to the 1990s, the gay community, as a whole, was more interested in sexual liberation in dark alleys and other dangerous and unhealthy places than in marriage equality...

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U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay on Idaho same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, October 10, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can go ahead in Idaho. The court issued an order Friday that appears to remove the last legal obstacle keeping gay and lesbian couples from getting married in the conservative state.

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Idaho couples ask U.S. Supreme Court to lift stay, allow same-sex marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho's gay marriage ban, the attorneys and plaintiffs in Idaho's case gathered for a news conference in front of the James A McClure Federal Building and United States Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. In front are attorneys Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham, and from left to right behind them are three of the four couples in the case: Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Sharene and Lori Watsen and Rachael and Amber Beierle.
BOISE, Idaho -- Four Idaho couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to begin in accordance with a lower court's ruling earlier this week. Attorneys for the couples filed the opposition to an emergency stay with the high court Wednesday afternoon.

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What’s happening where? The latest developments in marriage equality…

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Georgia Covey, left, embraces her partner Anna Singson while waiting in line for a same sex marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The couple, along with several other same sex couples, waited in line for two hours before they found out they couldn't get a license.
Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Some of the 11 states affected by the denial went ahead with weddings; others are proceeding toward marriage deliberately. Others are putting up a fight.

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U.S. Supreme Court says it erred in halting Nevada same-sex marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy mistakenly blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Nevada in an order that spawned confusion among state officials and disappointment in couples hoping to be wed. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed this mix-up Thursday, saying Kennedy's order issued a day earlier...

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Day of legal confusion leaves same-sex couples in limbo in Idaho, Nevada

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Rachael Beierle, left, calls family to tell them she and Amber Beierle, right, will not be able to get married today at the the Ada County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in the states of Idaho and Nevada.
Confusion and uncertainty over gay marriage spread Wednesday as couples in Las Vegas wondered whether they'd be allowed to wed, and partners in Idaho dealt with disappointment after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocked them moments before they would have picked up marriage licenses.

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