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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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Army Reserve sergeant is legally married while at work, but not at home

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Thomas Kostura, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Ijpe DeKoe at their Memphis, Tenn. apartment.
Thom Kostura and his husband take lots of road trips, and each time they cross a state line they make a game of declaring "We're married!" or "We're not married!" - depending on whether the state recognizes same-sex marriage. [...]

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Lack of legal rights makes raising teens more stressful for same-sex couple

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Michael De Leon and Greg Bourke protest outside the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati in November 2014.
Like many dads, when his spouse is traveling out of town, Greg Bourke takes on the role of single parent, shuttling their two teenagers to basketball practice and other activities while working a full-time job. But Bourke has an extra worry when his husband, Michael DeLeon, is away. [...]

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San Francisco archbishop will skip this year’s national rally opposing same-sex marriage

Thursday, April 23, 2015
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone speaks at the 2013 March for Marriage event in Washington, D.C.
San Francisco's Roman Catholic archbishop, who is at the center of growing debate over his opposition to gay marriage, will miss an annual march in Washington, D.C., next week opposing same-sex marriage, his archdiocese said. [...]

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GOP lawmaker introduces bill to strip federal courts of power to rule on marriage equality

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
Less than a week before the U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear arguments over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, a GOP lawmaker has introduced legislation to strip federal courts of their power to interpret the Constitution as it relates to such matters. [...]

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No, same-sex marriage will not cause 900,000 abortions

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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A group of 100 conservative lawyers and academics recently filed a Supreme Court brief arguing that gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions over the next 30 years. [...]

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Same-sex marriage opponents urge U.S. Supreme Court to resist ‘radical change’ on marriage

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
J. Scott Applewhite (AP)
Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman, but are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society's view of what constitutes a [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects NOM’s efforts to overturn Oregon marriage ruling

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an attempt by the National Organization for Marriage to reverse a federal judge's decision that allowed same-sex couples in Oregon to begin marrying. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: April 20, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015
Marriage equality opponents rally outside the Texas state capitol in Austin on Monday, March 23, 2015.
I've rounded up the weirdest Supreme Court briefs that argue in favor of preventing gays and lesbians from marrying. Some are full of mistakes, others have baffling arguments. And at least one is incredibly sexist, and signed by a member of Congress. [...]

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Gay mentor, belief in dignity at the core of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s views

Sunday, April 19, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the U.S. Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings. [...]

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Michigan same-sex marriage challenge began as an adoption case

Saturday, April 18, 2015
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April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse initially went to court to jointly adopt each other's children, not to confront Michigan's same-sex marriage ban. Three years later, the Detroit-area nurses sometimes can't buy groceries without supporters recognizing them and giving a hug. [...]

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