U.S. Supreme Court

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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Marcio Jose Sanchez, APProp 8 lead plaintiffs Sandy Stier, left, exchanges wedding vows with Kris Perry during a ceremony presided by California Attorney General Kamala Harris at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday,  June 28, 2013.

Not giving up: Opponents ask California Supreme Court to stop gay weddings

Friday, July 12, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of same-sex marriage demanded Friday that the California Supreme Court immediately halt the practice that recently resumed in the nation's largest state after a nine-year legal battle. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas)

U.S. congressman says Supreme Court marriage ruling legalized polygamy

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Speaking with conservative talk show host Janet Mefferd on Monday, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) expanded on his claim that the Supreme Court Justices who ruled on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act should’ve flunked law school. [ Read more → ]

Civil unions not the same as marriage when it comes to federal benefits

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples in a civil union will not be eligible for most federal benefits now available to married, same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Greg Quinlan

‘Ex-gay’ activist: President Obama, Justices Kennedy, Kagan are secretly gay

Saturday, July 6, 2013
Greg Quinlan, an “ex-gay” activist who is slated to speak at the Family Research Council’s “Ex-Gay Pride Month” event later this July, says that President Obama is “a down low president” and that Supreme Court Justices Kagan and Kennedy are “black-robed Nazis” who seek to “accommodate their own personal predilections, including their own sexuality.” [ Read more → ]
Rich Pedroncelli, APU.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling already in use in other cases

Saturday, July 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to say the ruling applied only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government. [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling has private employers tweaking benefits

Friday, July 5, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law. [ Read more → ]

Polls: Americans largely unfazed by Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Two new polls released this week show a majority of Americans support marriage equality for same-sex couples, and are largely unfazed by last week's landmark Supreme Court decisions that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, and that cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California. [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage: Efforts to impose bans, and repeal them, take on new intensity

Sunday, June 30, 2013
The Supreme Court's landmark rulings on same-sex marriage have energized activists and politicians on both sides of the debate. Efforts to impose bans, and to repeal them, have taken on new intensity, as have lawsuits by gays demanding the right to marry. [ Read more → ]

BREAKING: Kennedy rejects ‘emergency’ bid to stop gay marriages in Calif.

Sunday, June 30, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an emergency request to stop same-sex marriages in California, a lawyer for the gay couples who sued said Sunday. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality to bolster gay pride events

Sunday, June 30, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — Cities across the nation were gearing up Sunday for what were expected to be especially well-attended and exuberant gay pride parades following the U.S. Supreme Court decisions restoring same-sex marriages to California and granting gay couples the federal benefits of marriage they were previously denied. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

BREAKING: U.S. appeals court in Calif. lifts hold on same-sex marriages

Friday, June 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze. [ Read more → ]

OPM announces benefits for married federal employees with same-sex spouse

Friday, June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the government agency manages the civil service of federal employees, said Friday that it will begin extending federal benefits to employees with a lawfully married same-sex spouse. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy: Catriona Dowling, via APFrom left: Mardoche, Cathy Davis, Cian, Angelina, and Catriona Dowling in Boulder, Colo. After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Dowling was told her Irish spouse Cathy Davis would have been given a green card if she were a man.

Supreme Court ruling a boon for gay couples with foreign spouse

Friday, June 28, 2013
After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Catriona Dowling was told her Irish spouse would have been given a green card — if she were a man. [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court gay marriage ruling will benefit many veterans’ spouses

Friday, June 28, 2013
Just two years ago, gays and lesbians were prevented from serving openly in the military. Now, with the Supreme Court ruling this week, same-sex spouses of gay veterans and service members will be able to share in their benefits. [ Read more → ]
Dan Cathy

Chick-fil-a president posts, then deletes anti-gay marriage remark on Twitter

Friday, June 28, 2013
ATLANTA -- The president of the fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has once again injected himself into the gay marriage debate, this time criticizing U.S. Supreme Court rulings. [ Read more → ]
Mathew Sumner, APLarry Pascua carries a rainbow flag at a celebration for the U. S. Supreme Court's rulings on Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act in the Castro District in San Francisco, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Get ready for new benefits in wake of Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Two bad laws died on June 26. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state and a federal law that defined marriage as something for heterosexual couples only. For the 130,000 legally-married couples in the U.S., this means an end to second-class status and end to a stigma in the law. ... And while the right to marry is not in the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court has, in at least 14 cases since 1888, ruled that marriage is a fundamental right. [ Read more → ]

Obama clashes with African host over gay rights

Thursday, June 27, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal -- President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage as a "victory for American democracy" but clashed with his African host over gay rights in a sign of how far the movement has to go internationally. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)

NJ Gov. Chris Christie: Gay marriage ruling an example of ‘judicial supremacy’

Thursday, June 27, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling erasing part of a federal anti-gay marriage law was a "bad decision" and an example of "judicial supremacy." [ Read more → ]
U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court rejects appeals in gay rights cases from Ariz., Nev.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gay marriage advocates marked another victory Thursday after the Supreme Court rejected appeals from Arizona and Nevada involving the rights of same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Jose Luis Magana, APPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave prior to boarding Air Force One before departing Wednesday on a week long trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Supreme Court rulings showcase Obama’s evolution on gay marriage

Thursday, June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — For Barack Obama, the Supreme Court's decisions on gay rights punctuate an evolution as president on the subject of same-sex marriage — a personal journey that has taken him from opposition to ambivalence to enthusiastic support. [ Read more → ]
Jason DeCrow, APMembers of the LGBT community and their supporters gather in New York's Greenwich Village on Wednesday to celebrate two decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, one to invalidate parts of the Defense of Marriage Act and another to uphold a lower court ruling that struck down California's controversial Proposition 8.

Edith Windsor, NYC crowd celebrate court’s gay marriage ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NEW YORK — About a thousand people gathered Wednesday on the block where a 1969 riot sparked the gay rights movement to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down a section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APA gay rights activist runs out of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as rulings were handed down that impact same-sex relationships.

More battles ahead before marriage equality becomes the law of the land

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NEW YORK — Even as they celebrate a momentous legal victory, supporters of gay marriage already are anticipating a return trip to the Supreme Court in a few years, sensing that no other option but a broader court ruling will legalize same-sex unions in all 50 states. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APJohn Lewis, left, and Stuart Gaffney embrace outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California on Wednesday.

ANALYSIS: What happened Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Wow. No doubt about it. Today was a momentous day. The Supreme Court this morning overturned Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had required the federal government to treat legally married same-sex couples as single. The Court also held that the proponents of Proposition 8 had no right to appeal the federal district court ruling that the California initiative is unconstitutional, thereby keeping that court’s injunction in place, so that the freedom to marry will soon return to California. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

Five things to know about the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage in Calif.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday reopened the door to gay marriage in California. Following are five things to know about how the ruling affects same-sex couples in the state: [ Read more → ]
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Immigration benefits for binational, gay couples to change under DOMA ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON — The government says it will begin extending immigration benefits to gay married couples in light of the Supreme Court's decision striking down key portions of a federal gay marriage law. [ Read more → ]
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