Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court case could limit powers of EPA

Supreme Court case could limit powers of EPA

Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration’s sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. As President Barack Obama pledges to act on environmental and other matters when Congress doesn’t, or won’t, opponents of regulating carbon dioxide […]

Pro gay-marriage decisions send homophobes reeling

Pro gay-marriage decisions send homophobes reeling

Opponents of same-sex marriage are scrambling to find effective responses, in Congress and state legislatures, to a rash of court rulings that would force some of America’s most conservative states to accept gay nuptials. Some gay-marriage foes are backing a bill recently introduced in both chambers of Congress that would leave states fully in charge […]

Red states face a ‘delicate path’ on gay marriage

Red states face a ‘delicate path’ on gay marriage

Hours after federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, activist Evan Wolfson and his colleagues reached out to gay rights groups in the deeply conservative states with both congratulations and a reminder: Court wins alone won’t be enough. Wolfson knows the perils of judges forcing social changes on a population […]

Should abortion clinics have ‘protest-free zones?’

Should abortion clinics have ‘protest-free zones?’

Eleanor McCullen clutches a baby’s hat knit in pink and blue as she patrols a yellow semicircle painted on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood health clinic on a frigid December morning with snow in the forecast. The painted line marks 35 feet from the clinic’s entrance and that’s where the 77-year-old McCullen and all […]

Supremes freeze same-sex marriages in Utah

Supremes freeze same-sex marriages in Utah

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. The order grants an emergency appeal by the state following the Dec. 20 ruling by U.S. District […]

Lots of controversy facing Supremes in new court term

Lots of controversy facing Supremes in new court term

The Supreme Court is beginning a new term with controversial topics that offer the court’s conservative majority the chance to move aggressively to undo limits on campaign contributions, undermine claims of discrimination in housing and mortgage lending, and allow for more government-sanctioned prayer. Assuming the government shutdown doesn’t get in their way, the justices also […]

Texas finally passes nation’s most restrictive abortion law

Texas finally passes nation’s most restrictive abortion law

Republican lawmakers in Texas passed a bill that would give the state some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws and force most of its clinics to close, leading Democrats to promise a fight over the contentious measure in the courts and at the ballot box. More than 2,000 demonstrators filled the Capitol building in […]

Gay rights supporters and gay couples salute Supreme Court ruling

Gay rights supporters and gay couples salute Supreme Court ruling

Supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers, wept openly and chanted “DOMA is Dead” outside the Supreme Court as word reached them that the justices had struck down the federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Some in the crowd hugged and others jumped up and down just after […]

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage won’t be last word

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage won’t be last word

Whatever the U.S. Supreme Court decides this month, gay marriage appears destined to face several more years of legal debate and at least one more round of argument at the high court. That’s because a majority of the court’s nine justices, based on their record and comments during March’s oral arguments, are unlikely to proclaim […]

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