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Marriage Equality Ruling: Supreme Court Says DOMA Is Unconstitutional

via David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples. The decision is a … Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Same-Sex Marriage In California

via Richard Wolf and Brad Heath, USA Today WASHINGTON — A fractured Supreme Court effectively opened the door for same-sex marriages to resume throughout California on Wednesday, saying it did not have the authority to hear a case challenging that state’s ban on gay and lesbian weddings. The court’s 5-4 decision, written by Chief Justice … Continue reading

The Election’s Impact On The Supreme Court

via Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle The next president may have the power to change the direction of the Supreme Court – and determine the future of abortion, gay rights, corporate influence in politics and much more. The subject has hardly surfaced during the campaign, apart from Vice President Joe Biden’s brief reference at Thursday’s debate … Continue reading

Supreme Court Revisits Affirmative Action In College Admissions, Hears Arguments For Fisher v. University of Texas

via Robert Barnes, The Washington Post The Supreme Court seemed deeply divided Wednesday over the future of affirmative action in college admissions, with liberals defending a university’s right to assemble racially diverse student bodies, and conservatives worrying about the constitutional rights of those who are denied admission because of their race. As expected, the justice … Continue reading

Health Care Decision Recasts John Roberts’ Legacy

via Josh Gerstein and Darrenn Samuelsohn, Politico Chief Justice John Roberts promised not to pitch or bat, but he sure threw a curve ball [June 28, 2012]. By voting to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care law, Roberts shocked conservatives who thought they could rely on him to help sink Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment. Instead, … Continue reading

Obamacare Is On Trial. So Is the Supreme Court.

via Jonathan Cohn, The New Republic Before this week, the well-being of tens of millions of Americans was at stake in the lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act. Now something else is at stake, too: The legitimacy of the Supreme Court. Nobody knows how the justices will rule. And nobody can know, not even the … Continue reading

Day Three: Supreme Court Justices Poised To Strike Down Entire Healthcare Law

via David G. Savage, L.A. Times The Supreme Court’s conservative justices said Wednesday they are prepared to strike down President Obama’s healthcare law entirely. Picking up where they left off Tuesday, the conservatives said they thought a decision striking down the law’s controversial individual mandate to purchase health insurance means the whole statute should fall … Continue reading

Supreme Court Health Care Law Day Two: Justices Weigh Arguments

via Mark Sherman and Jesse J. Holland, The Huffington Post Sharp questioning by the Supreme Court’s conservative justices cast serious doubt Tuesday on the survival of the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. Arguments at the high court focused on whether the mandate for virtually every American … Continue reading

Health Care Case Seems Likely To Go On In Court

via CBS News The Supreme Court finished Monday the first of three days of arguments on the fate of the Obama administration’s overhaul of the nation’s health care system. The justices appear unlikely to allow an obscure tax law to derail the case. A decision is expected by late June, in the midst of a … Continue reading

The Equal Rights Amendment: Now Is the Time

[Editress’ Note: Today marks the 40th anniversary of the day Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, which guarantees equal protection under the law regardless of sex, but today it is still not included in our Constitution. Today we are facing a War on Women. We must fight back. The ERA must be ratified … Continue reading

Supreme Court Says Search Warrants Needed When Police Use GPS Devices To Track Suspects

via Associated Press, The Washington Post The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects. The GPS device helped authorities link Washington, D.C., nightclub owner Antoine Jones to a suburban house used to stash money and drugs. He was sentenced to life in … Continue reading

Justices Scalia And Thomas Dine With Healthcare Law Challengers As Court Takes Case

via James Oliphant, Chicago Tribune The day the Supreme Court gathered behind closed doors to consider the politically divisive question of whether it would hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law, two of its justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, were feted at a dinner sponsored by the law firm that will argue the … Continue reading

Supreme Court And The Death Penalty: A Glimpse

When the Supreme Court rejected Troy Davis’ request for a delay in his execution Wednesday night, there were no noted dissents attached to the one-sentence order. But that does not mean there were no justices opposed to the execution. The vote count might forever remain unknown. No member of the court currently believes that the … Continue reading

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