Anthony Kennedy

Gay marriage ruling affecting other cases

Gay marriage ruling affecting other cases

When the Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to say the ruling applied only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government. But judges and lawyers representing same-sex couples are already using Kennedy’s language and reasoning in other cases […]

Justice Kennedy halts another California attempt to stop gay marriage

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied a request from Proposition 8 supporters in California to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the nation’s most populous state. Kennedy turned away the request on Sunday with no additional comment. Same-sex marriage opponents asked him to step in on Saturday, a day after the federal […]

Conflicting decisions from a historic Supreme Court term

Conflicting decisions from a historic Supreme Court term

A historic Supreme Court term ended with a flourish of major rulings that marked a bitter defeat for racial minorities and a groundbreaking victory for gay rights, all in the space of a day. The justices struck down parts of two federal laws — the Voting Rights Act and the Defense of Marriage Act — […]

Obama’s lawyer to Supremes: Save the healthcare law

Obama’s lawyer to Supremes:  Save the healthcare law

The Obama administration’s top courtroom lawyer made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for the Supreme Court to save President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, capping three days of historic arguments that left it unclear how the nine justices would rule. Having peppered lawyers for and against the law with questions for more than six hours over […]

Four GOP justices control the fate of Obamacare

Four GOP justices control the fate of Obamacare

Here’s a thought that can’t comfort President Barack Obama: The fate of his health care overhaul rests with four Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices. His most sweeping domestic achievement could be struck down if they stand together with Justice Clarence Thomas, another GOP appointee who is the likeliest vote against. But the good news for Obama […]