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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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Breaking down the top Supreme Court arguments for and against same-sex marriage

Saturday, May 2, 2015
This artist rendering shows former Michigan Solicitor General John Bursch defending state laws during the Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Washington. Justice from left are, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Antonin Scalia,, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito Jr. and Elena Kagan.
What is the Supreme Court thinking about marriage? [...]

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Gender bias issue could tip Chief Justice Roberts into ruling for marriage equality

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
Roberts suggested that he may have found a way to cast a vote in favor of the gay and lesbian couples in the case. [...]

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AP-GfK Poll: Nuanced views on LGBT rights, religious liberty

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Joe Capley-Alfano, center, and his husband, Frank Capley-Alfano, who've been together 15 years and married seven, hold an American flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 while opponents demonstrate nearby.
Americans are evenly split on whether the Supreme Court should rule that same-sex marriage must be legal nationwide, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. [...]

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What they said: U.S. Supreme Court quotes on marriage equality

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
This artist rendering shows civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto right. arguing before the Supreme Court during its hearing on same-sex marriage, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Washington. Justices, from left are, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito Jr., and Elena Kagan.
Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday about whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry and whether states must recognize same-sex couples' marriages performed in other states... [...]

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Justice Kennedy sent clearer signal in 2013 marriage case

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Shelly Bailes, 74, left, and her wife, Ellen Pontac, 73, both of Davis, Calif., kiss in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
Two years ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy left little doubt during Supreme Court arguments that a part of the federal anti-gay marriage law was doomed. When the justices heard arguments Tuesday in a broader case about the right of same-sex couples to marry... [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court hears same‑sex marriage arguments

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
Pivotal Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy did not tip his hand Tuesday as the high court heard historic arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. Kennedy, whose vote could decide the issue, offered reasons for hope and worry to both sides in the rapt courtroom. [...]

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Festival-like atmosphere outside Supreme Court as marriage arguments under way

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Ikeita Cantu, left, and her wife Carmen Guzman hold banners outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
Same-sex marriage advocates and protesters alike filled the sidewalks outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. It was a festival-like atmosphere, complete with warm sunshine and lots of selfies. [...]

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Tuesday’s the day: Marriage equality comes before the Supreme Court

Monday, April 27, 2015
Sean Varsho, 28, of Chicago, left, and Brandon Dawson, 26, of Warrantor, Va., have been waiting in line for the past three days for a seat for Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Washington.
Tuesday is a potential watershed moment for America's gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it should be the law of the land. [...]

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Q&A: Issues, possible legal outcomes in marriage equality cases

Monday, April 27, 2015
Nicole Yorksmith holds her children, Orion, ten months, and Grayden, 4, from left to right, as she listens to speakers during a send-off event Friday, April 24, 2015, in support of plaintiffs in gay marriage cases that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, in Cincinnati. She and her wife Pam are among the 19 men and 12 women whose same-sex marriage cases from those two states, plus Michigan and Tennessee, will be argued at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 28.
Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples. That decision did not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts across the country, with few exceptions, said its logic [...]

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Marriage News Watch:
April 27, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
We'll have oral argument before the Supreme Court this week. Ted Cruz has introduced two new bills in Congress to stop marriage, but they may backfire on him. And the National Organization for Marriage has lost yet another court case. [...]

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