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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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With a sly look, emphasis on the word ‘Constitution,’ Ginsburg pronounces two men married

Monday, May 18, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
No one was sure if she was emphasizing her own beliefs or giving a hint to the outcome of the case the Supreme Court is considering whether to decide if same-sex marriage is constitutional. [...]

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Case of same-sex couple to receive marriage license in 1971 reverberates today

Sunday, May 17, 2015
R. Bertraine Heine, Minnesota Historical Society/APIn this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis.
Long before the fight over same-sex marriage began in earnest, long before gay couples began lining up for marriage licenses, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell decided to wed. [...]

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Alabama AG: Supreme Court shouldn’t rule on same-sex marriage

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Attorney General Luther Strange (R-Ala.)
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says America's founders would not have approved of the current members of the Supreme Court making decisions on issues such as same-sex marriage. [...]

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Dear Texas: You can’t obey the U.S. Supreme Court only when its rulings please you

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
For those who marvel at the pathetic depths to which the 84th Texas Legislature has regularly descended, prepare to marvel again... [...]

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Texas Republicans could take new stand on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
Nearly all Republicans in the Texas House are sponsoring a bill that would prohibit state and local officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses regardless of how the Supreme Court rules. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015
Todd, left, and Jeff Delmay, celebrate as they leave the courthouse after having attended a hearing in which a Miami-Dade Circuit Judge cleared the way for gay and lesbian couples to marry, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Miami.
Texas lawmakers vote this week on whether the state should officially defy the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage, while Alabama and Minnesota are debating bills to undermine marriage equality. [...]

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Poll: Majority of Americans want Supreme Court to rule for marriage equality

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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A total of 58 percent of Americans said that they favor a high court decision to eliminate bans against same sex marriage. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects transgender inmate’s appeal for sex change surgery

Monday, May 4, 2015
Michelle Kosilek
The court rejected an appeal from a convicted murderer who has been seeking taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery in prison. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to N.J. ban on gay conversion therapy

Monday, May 4, 2015
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The justices did not comment on their order Monday, which followed similar action last year that left California's therapy ban in place. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: May 4, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015
Demonstrators gather at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on March 30, 2015, to protest against a bill that opponents say allows discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Oral arguments are done, and now we can make a few predictions about how the U.S. Supreme Court might rule in June. [...]

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