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Supreme Court Returns with Gay Marriage, Voting Rights and More in View

Supreme Court Returns with Gay Marriage, Voting Rights and More in View

iStockphoto/ThinkstockUPDATE: The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear the Prop 8 case: Hollingsworth v. Perry on March 26 and the DOMA case, United States v. Windsor on March 27. (WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court is poised to take the benc…

Chief Justice John Roberts Highlights ‘Fiscal Cliff’ in Year-End Report

Chief Justice John Roberts Highlights ‘Fiscal Cliff’ in Year-End Report

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Acknowledging the “much publicized fiscal cliff” and the country’s “truly extravagant and burgeoning national debt,” Chief Justice John Roberts dedicated the majority of his annual yea…

Supreme Court Decision to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases Reignites Debate

Supreme Court Decision to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases Reignites Debate

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) — The Supreme Court’s announcement that it would hear two cases challenging laws prohibiting same-sex marriage has reinvigorated one of the most hotly contentious social debates in American history, a debate that ha…

US Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

US Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court Friday decided to take up two major cases regarding gay marriage, one of which could ultimately lead the court to decide whether there is a fundamental right to same-sex marriage.The justices anno…

Supreme Court Takes No Action on Gay Marriage

Supreme Court Takes No Action on Gay Marriage

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When the nine Supreme Court justices retreated behind closed doors Friday for their regularly scheduled conference, they considered the issue of gay marriage and were widely expected to decide whether to take up a …

Supreme Court to Decide Whether to Take Gay Marriage Case

Supreme Court to Decide Whether to Take Gay Marriage Case

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When the nine Supreme Court justices retreat behind closed doors on Friday for their regularly scheduled conference, they will consider the issue of gay marriage and decide whether to take up a case that could ulti…

Appeals Court to Rule on Health Care Law Provisions

Appeals Court to Rule on Health Care Law Provisions

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It’s possible the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t done with the Affordable Care Act just yet.After ruling last June that the law, otherwise known as “Obamacare,” was constitutional, the high court gave its opponents some new l…

Supreme Court Will Take Up Major Voting Rights Case

Supreme Court Will Take Up Major Voting Rights Case

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Only three days after the contentious 2012 election, the Supreme Court announced Friday that it would take up a major voting rights case; it will be heard in the next few months and decided by June.At issue is Section…

Supreme Court to Hear Electronic Surveillance Case

Supreme Court to Hear Electronic Surveillance Case

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Larry Siems is a human rights advocate fighting a secret government program that he believes violates his constitutional rights.  But before he can get into court with his claim, he has to clear a major hurdle…

Ohio Appeals to Supreme Court on Early Voting

Ohio Appeals to Supreme Court on Early Voting

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Three weeks before Election Day, Republican Party leaders in Ohio have asked the Supreme Court to step in and allow the state’s early in-person voting restriction to take effect.Two lower federal courts have rul…

Supreme Court Poses Tough Questions in Affirmative Action Case

Supreme Court Poses Tough Questions in Affirmative Action Case

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — At the Supreme Court Wednesday, the conservative justices had questions for a lawyer defending the University of Texas’ plan that takes race into consideration in the admissions process.One of their main conc…

Supreme Court to Hear Pivotal Affirmative Action Case

Supreme Court to Hear Pivotal Affirmative Action Case

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Supporters of affirmative action fear that the Supreme Court could curtail or further restrict the use of race-conscious admissions policies at public universities.On Wednesday, all eyes will be on Justice Anthony Ken…

Canada’s High Court Eases Requirements on HIV Disclosure

Canada’s High Court Eases Requirements on HIV Disclosure

Hemera/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Canada is easing up on HIV disclosure laws.  The Canadian Supreme Court ruled 9-0 Friday that people with low levels of the HIV virus are not legally required to make their condition known to sexual partners as long a…

LISTEN: Supreme Court Audio of Health Care Ruling Released

LISTEN: Supreme Court Audio of Health Care Ruling Released

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Only a few people — those lucky enough to get seats inside — were able to witness history last June when the Supreme Court announced its health care decision.  Now, as it begins its new term, the court has t…

Supreme Court Faces Affirmative Action and Gay Marriage

Supreme Court Faces Affirmative Action and Gay Marriage

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — For anyone fearing that this Supreme Court term might lack the drama of the last one: fear not.On Monday, for the first time since delivering the explosive health care decision last spring, the justices will take t…

Supreme Court Faces Affirmative Action and Gay Marriage

Supreme Court Faces Affirmative Action and Gay Marriage

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — On Monday, for the first time since delivering the explosive health care decision last spring, the justices will take the bench and officially begin a new term. On the docket is a major case regarding affirmative a…

Supreme Court Will Likely Be Finally Arbiter on California’s Prop 8

Supreme Court Will Likely Be Finally Arbiter on California’s Prop 8

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The hot button issue of same-sex marriage is headed to the Supreme Court.After the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last spring struck down California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as the union of one m…

Antonin Scalia Hints Second Amendment Not Absolute

Antonin Scalia Hints Second Amendment Not Absolute

Paul Morigi/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Is private possession of hand-held rocket launchers protected by the Second Amendment?Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Sunday that it might be up to him and the eight other judges to decide just how far …

O’Connor: Attacks on Chief Justice Roberts Underscore Need for Civics Education

O’Connor: Attacks on Chief Justice Roberts Underscore Need for Civics Education

T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court’s first female justice today defended conservative Chief Justice John Roberts from accusations that he acted like a “traitor” last month by voting to uphold the president&…

Health Care Ruling Will Affect Cost of Law, Number of Those Covered

Health Care Ruling Will Affect Cost of Law, Number of Those Covered

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Last month’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act has both good and bad news for Americans.According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, about three million people on the lower…

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