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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Q&A: Making sense of the Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Two landmark Supreme Court rulings that bolster gay marriage rights don't remove all barriers to same-sex unions by a long shot. Where gay couples live still will have a lot to do with how they're treated. Some questions and answers about Wednesday's court rulings: [ Read more → ]

Appeals court: At least 25 days before Calif. gay marriage resumes

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court said Wednesday it will wait at least 25 days before making a decision on whether gay marriages can resume in California. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said backers of Proposition 8 - the state ban on gay marriages - have that long to ask the Supreme court to rehear the case. [ Read more → ]
Rich Pedroncelli, AP
Ellen Pontac (left) and her wife Shelly Bailes, celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage in California Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif.

Historic Supreme Court decisions set the stage for winning the freedom to marry

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By any standard, the Supreme Court’s decisions striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and clearing the way for the end of Proposition 8 in California are landmarks in the struggle for LGBT equality. Not since the Court’s decision 10 years ago that laws criminalizing same-sex sexual intimacy violate the freedom of LGBT people to control their lives and define their relationships has the nation’s highest court offered such a resounding affirmation that governmental discrimination against LGBT people is incompatible with the guarantees of our Constitution. [ Read more → ]
NOM President Brian Brown

National Organization for Marriage ‘outraged’ by ‘illegitimate’ court rulings

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Wednesday said it was "outraged" at the U.S. Supreme Court's actions to dismiss Proposition 8 on procedural grounds, and for invalidating a key element of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Eric Holder (left) and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Holder: Marriage ruling ‘enormous triumph’ – Pentagon moves on benefits

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Supreme Court's decision declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is an "enormous triumph" for equal protection under the law for all Americans. [ Read more → ]
Richard Drew, APEdith Windsor, left, kisses her attorney Roberta Kaplan duirng a news conference at the LGBT Center, in New York, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

‘Joyous’ plaintiff Edith Windsor cried at gay marriage ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NEW YORK -- The plaintiff in the historic gay marriage case that the Supreme Court has ruled on says she cried when she heard the ruling. Edith Windsor said Wednesday's ruling made her feel "joyous, just joyous!" [ Read more → ]
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mormon church criticizes Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's decision opening the door for same sex marriage in California, saying it highlights troubling questions about the country's democratic and judicial systems. [ Read more → ]

Clintons welcome Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Former President Bill Clinton is welcoming the Supreme Court decision striking down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which he signed into law in 1996. In a joint statement with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former president said... [ Read more → ]
FileGov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown: Counties must comply with gay marriage ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Updated, 11:30 a.m. PDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown says he has directed the California Department of Public Health to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as soon as a federal appeals court lifts its stay on a lower court ruling in the... [ Read more → ]

Obama on marriage ruling: Court rights a wrong; country better off

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama hailed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, declaring the court "has righted a wrong, and our country is better off for it." Obama decided in 2011 to stop... [ Read more → ]
Charles Dharapak, APMichael Knaapen, left, and his husband John Becker, Editor of the Bilerico Project, embrace outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013 after the court struck down a federal provision denying benefits to legally married gay couples.

BREAKING: Reaction from around the U.S. on Supreme Court marriage rulings

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and ruled that legally-married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. Following is reaction from around the nation: [ Read more → ]
Charles Dharapak, APAmerican University students Sharon Burk, left, and Molly Wagner, embrace outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, after the court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.

BREAKING: Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over Supreme Court ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers, wept openly and chanted "DOMA is Dead" outside the Supreme Court as word reached them that the justices had struck down a key provision of the federal law defining marriage as a union between a man... [ Read more → ]
Jeff Chiu, APA rainbow flag flies in front of the Castro Theater in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

PROP 8 FALLS: Supreme Court ruling clears way for gay marriage in Calif.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed. [ Read more → ]

DOMA IS DEAD: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Updated: 11:50 a.m. EDT. WASHINGTON -- In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.... [ Read more → ]
Cliff Owen, APFrom left: Casey Oakes, 26, of Monroe, N.J., Dan Choyce, 21, of Sicklerville, N.J., Zach Wulderk, 19, of Hammonton, N.J., and his brother Dylan Wulderk, 22, wait for a ruling on same sex marriage at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Crowd outside U.S. Supreme Court awaits gay marriage decisions

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON — Crowds are gathering outside the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of two gay marriage decisions. [ Read more → ]
Ken CuccinelliPhoto: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Va. AG wants U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate sodomy law

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Virginia's anti-sodomy law, arguing that a lower court misinterpreted the scope of the justices' 2003 decision invalidating a similar law in Texas. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court to issue rulings Wednesday in Prop 8, DOMA cases

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court did not issue rulings Tuesday in two closely watched cases -- the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for purposes of federal recognition and benefits. [ Read more → ]
Carolyn Kaster, AP (File)Kevin Coyne of Washington holds flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 27, 2013, as the court hears arguments on gay marriage.

Supreme Court has range of options on same-sex marriage, DOMA cases

Sunday, June 23, 2013
The waiting is almost over. On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce the outcomes in cases on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APU.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Scalia: Homosexuality is a moral issue that people, not judges, should decide

Saturday, June 22, 2013
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two landmark cases involving same-sex marriage, Justice Antonin Scalia on Friday cited homosexuality as a moral issue that the American people, not judges, should decide. [ Read more → ]
Gage SkidmoreMathew Staver

Dozens of anti-gay activists vow to resist any pro-equality Supreme Court ruling

Thursday, June 20, 2013
As the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s rulings on two high-profile marriage equality cases, several dozen Religious Right activists have signed on to a “Marriage Solidarity Statement” that was drafted by Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Deacon Keith Fournier, vowing to resist any ruling favor of equality. [ Read more → ]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APProposition 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry, left, and her partner Sandy Stier, right, speak to reporters outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2013.

Pew study finds media coverage favors same-sex marriage

Monday, June 17, 2013
NEW YORK -- Around the time the U.S. Supreme Court was considering the same-sex marriage issue, news reports had more comments from supporters than opponents, a study released Monday concluded. [ Read more → ]

AFER chronicles three years working to overturn Proposition 8

Saturday, June 15, 2013
With just days left before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) has compiled this look back at the last three years of working to overturn California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
ose Luis Magana, APMarriage equality advocates demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013.

Calif. awaits Supreme Court ruling; readies for possible return of same-sex marriage

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Planning a party for thousands of people would be a challenge under the best of circumstances. Now imagine trying to pull off such a gathering without knowing what day it should happen or if there even will be cause for celebration. [ Read more → ]

U.S. gay rights cases could trail Obama in upcoming trip to Africa

Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trip to Africa next month may result in a stark juxtaposition between the growing power of the gay rights movement in the U.S. and the criminalization of homosexuality throughout the African continent. [ Read more → ]
A crowd gathers at the State Capitol in St. Paul, on May 14 where Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed gay marriage into law.Photo: Jim Mone, AP

Will Supreme Court justices take note of new marriage equality laws?

Monday, May 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Three U.S. states and three countries have approved same-sex unions just in the two months since the Supreme Court heard arguments over gay marriage, raising questions about how the developments might affect the justices' consideration of the issue. [ Read more → ]
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