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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What’s next in the legal odyssey to achieve marriage equality across the land?

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a same-sex marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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U.S. Supreme Court declines appeal over N.M. gay bias case

| Monday, April 7, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.

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Supreme Court hearing on religious exemptions seems ‘deeply worrisome’

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Nobody spoke about recent efforts to circumvent laws protecting LGBT from discrimination by claiming religious motivations; nobody pointed out that people with religious objections to contraception often have religious objections to alternative insemination for lesbians and condom distribution for safe sex education.

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U.S. Supreme Court considers cases relating to corporations’ religious beliefs

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment.

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Battle over same-sex marriage moving rapidly to federal appeals courts

| Saturday, February 15, 2014
J. Scott Applewhite, AP
WASHINGTON -- The overturning of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories.

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Supreme Court stay complicates marriages of same-sex couples in Utah

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Michael Mathie proposed to his partner Tyler McCraley on Christmas. The next day, they joined the historic rush of same-sex couples getting marriage licenses in Utah.

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Married same-sex couples in Utah in ‘legal limbo’ after Supreme Court stay

| Monday, January 6, 2014
Francisco Kjolseth, The Salt Lake Tribune (AP)Heather, left, and Jax Collins of West Jordan join hundreds of other same-sex couples descending on county clerk offices around the state of Utah last month to request marriage licenses.
SALT LAKE CITY — Married same-sex couples in Utah were thrust into legal limbo Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state, turning jubilation to doubt just weeks after a judge’s ruling sent people rushing to get married.

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U.S. Supreme Court grants stay, same-sex marriage on hold in Utah

| Monday, January 6, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue. The court issued a brief order blocking any new same-sex unions in the state.

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Lawyers for gay couples ask Supreme Court to allow same-sex unions

| Friday, January 3, 2014
Tom Smart, Deseret News (AP)Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbeity, one of the gay couples that challenged Utah's gay marriage ban, at a celebration rally in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawyers for three same-sex couples in Utah have filed court papers with the U.S. Supreme Court explaining why gay marriage should be allowed to continue.

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