Supreme Court of the United States

Arizona’s immigration law a monumental failure

Arizona’s immigration law a monumental failure

The immigration debate in Arizona reached a boiling point in 2007 when the state passed a groundbreaking law targeting those often blamed with fueling the nation’s border woes: Employers who hire immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The law marked a bold step by a state into an area that had long been the domain […]

Supremes look at controversial patenting of human genes

DNA may be the building block of life, but can something taken from it also be the building block of a multimillion-dollar medical monopoly? The Supreme Court grapples Monday with the question of whether human genes can be patented. Its ultimate answer could reshape U.S. medical research, the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian […]

Strong anti-abortion bill heads to Kansas governor to become law

Strong anti-abortion bill heads to Kansas governor to become law

Kansas legislators gave final passage to a sweeping anti-abortion measure Friday night, sending Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that declares life begins “at fertilization” while blocking tax breaks for abortion providers and banning abortions performed solely because of the baby’s sex. The House voted 90-30 for a compromise version of the bill reconciling differences between […]

Supremes take a look at second gay rights issue

Supremes take a look at second gay rights issue

In the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, the Supreme Court is turning to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. A section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act says marriage may only be a relationship between a man […]

Time to bury the homophobia and support gay marriage

Time to bury the homophobia and support gay marriage

Marriage, if you believe the overwrought hyperbole of the rabid right-wing that controls the Republican Party and wants to send America deeper into the dark ages, is a sacred institution limited only to the coupling of a man and woman — a doctrine, they claim, blessed by the Bible and worthy of ratification by the […]

Supremes will decide on requiring proof of citizenship to vote

Supremes will decide on requiring proof of citizenship to vote

The Supreme Court will struggle this week with the validity of an Arizona law that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting by demanding all state residents show documents proving their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote in national elections. The high court will hear arguments Monday over the legality of Arizona’s voter-approved requirement that […]

Federal appeals court declares anti-gay marriage law unconstitutional

Federal appeals court declares anti-gay marriage law unconstitutional

An appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that a law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. It was the second federal appeals court to reject the law, which could go before the Supreme Court soon. The ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was in […]

Another day, another meaningless vote to repal Obamacare

Another day, another meaningless vote to repal Obamacare

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives, as it has done several times before, votes today to repeal Obamacare. And the Democratic-dominated Senate, just as it has done each time the House tries to strike down the law, will vote just the opposite. Another day in Washington, another political game that means nothing. Republicans will offer a […]

Vets split over Supreme Court decision on lying about service, medals

Vets split over Supreme Court decision on lying about service, medals

Some veterans, particularly those who earned medals the old fashioned way — fighting for their country and facing death — are mad as hell at the U.S. Supreme Court over its decision to strike down the “Stolen Valor” act by declaring lying about service and honors just another expression of free speech. Others agree with […]