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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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Plaintiffs in Tennessee marriage case appeal ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, November 14, 2014
Dr. Sophy Jesty and Dr. Valeria Tanco, of Knoxville, Tenn. (left) are plaintiffs in the federal challenge to Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Three same-sex couples challenging Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize their out-of-state marriages, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to hear their case after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state marriage bans do not violate the U.S. Constitution. [...]

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Thomas hints at Supreme Court split on same-sex marriage review

Thursday, November 13, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
WASHINGTON -- Justice Clarence Thomas suggested Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court was divided over whether to hear the gay marriage cases the justices rejected last month. Thomas offered a peek at what happened behind the scenes when the court turned away appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court says same-sex marriages can go ahead in Kansas

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Kansas
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court says same-sex marriages can go ahead in Kansas. The court on Wednesday denied the state's request to prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying while Kansas fights the issue in court. [...]

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Gay couples in Kansas await Supreme Court action on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Gay marriage advocates in Kansas are waiting to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court allows same-sex couples to wed but aren't sure a favorable decision will persuade all local officials to issue marriage licenses. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor blocks Kansas same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, November 10, 2014
APSonia Sotomayor
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has issued an order blocking same-sex marriages in Kansas. Sotomayor’s brief order Monday puts on hold indefinitely a lower-court order clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry despite a ban in Kansas on gay marriage. [...]

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Breyer: ‘Plenty of opportunities’ for Supreme Court to consider gay marriage

Monday, November 10, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Sunday signaled that there remain "plenty of opportunities" for the high court to weigh in on same-sex marriage, giving hope that justices would review an appeals court ruling last week upholding gay marriage bans in four states. [...]

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What’s next for same-sex marriage after 6th Circuit court ruling?

Monday, November 10, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
WASHINGTON -- A decision by a panel of federal judges to uphold anti-gay marriage laws in four states has created a split among the nation's appeals courts and made it very likely the Supreme Court will review the same-sex marriage issue. But it is unclear whether the matter will reach [...]

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Kansas to appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, November 8, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
TOPEKA, Kan. -- A federal appeals court Friday cleared the way for gay marriages in Kansas next week, but the state's attorney general promised to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve a ban on same-sex marriage while lower courts consider its constitutionality. [...]

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The paths to same-sex marriage review by the U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, November 7, 2014
J. Scott Applewhite (AP)
Depending upon how fast lawyers choose to move, the issue of same-sex marriage could be back before the Supreme Court in a matter of days. So far, only one option has been closed off. The remaining options have some, perhaps considerable, chances of success. The decision Thursday by [...]

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A look at how the federal appeals courts differ on same-sex marriage

Thursday, November 6, 2014
AP
Breaking ranks with rulings from other federal courts, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Ohio upheld gay marriage bans in four states, saying the courts aren't the right place to legalize gay marriage. Here's a look at key passages and how they compare to previous federal rulings: [...]

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