Same sex marriages now a happening in the South

Plenty of southern conservatives are determined to fight to the bitter end.

Same sex marriages now a happening in the South

Gay and lesbian couples are getting legally married in the South for the first time, crossing a threshold into a conservative region that long stood united against same-sex marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to turn away appeals from a handful of states including Virginia means marriage bans are unconstitutional throughout the 4th U.S. […]

Who, if anyone, can claim ignorance of the law?

Can officer's mistake justify a traffic stop that led to the discovery of cocaine?

Who, if anyone, can claim ignorance of the law?

People can’t plead ignorance of the law to excuse a violation. The first case of the new Supreme Court term Monday tests whether there’s a double standard when it comes to the police. A case from North Carolina turns on whether an officer’s mistaken belief about a state law still can justify a traffic stop […]

Supreme Court still sidetracking gay marriage issue

The court has seven cases pending before it concerning bans in five states

Supreme Court still sidetracking gay marriage issue

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday took no action over whether it plans to take up the question of whether states can ban gay marriage. The seven different cases pending before the court were not mentioned in a list of new cases the court agreed to hear on Thursday ahead of its new term, which […]

Time for Supremes to settle gay marriage issue?

A final ruling isn't likely before June 2015

Time for Supremes to settle gay marriage issue?

Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It’s time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. Even a justice recently said she thinks so, too. The emerging consensus makes it likely that the justices soon will agree to take up the question of whether the Constitution forbids states from defining […]

Corporations are people? Really? Since when?

The principle has been lurking in U.S. law for more than a century

Corporations are people? Really? Since when?

There may be more to that “we the people” notion than you thought. These are boom times for the concept of “corporate personhood.” Corporations are people? Mitt Romney got mocked during the 2012 presidential campaign for the very idea. But it turns out the principle has been lurking in U.S. law for more than a […]

What is private? Well, that depends

In one case, the Supreme Court is skeptical about the government. In another, maybe not

What is private? Well, that depends

Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge’s approval before searching the cellphones of people they’ve arrested. The term that just ended also had its share of 5-4 decisions with the familiar conservative-liberal split, including […]

Political clash erupts over court decision on birth control

But the decision will not help Republicans court favor with young women

Political clash erupts over court decision on birth control

Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country’s new health care law is deeply flawed. The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by President Barack […]

Divided court sides with religious right on birth control

The White said the decision creates health risks for women,

Divided court sides with religious right on birth control

A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law. The justices’ 5-4 decision, splitting conservatives and liberals, means the Obama administration must […]

Supremes to weigh in on birth control fight

Supremes to weigh in on birth control fight

The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice. The court meets for a final time Monday to release decisions in its two remaining cases before the justices take off for the summer. […]

Supremes limit Obama’s authority, bolster critics

The high court ruled that at least in one case Obama had gone too far

Supremes limit Obama’s authority, bolster critics

Before a unanimous Supreme Court weighed in, the White House had brushed off claims that President Barack Obama was exceeding his executive authority as just so much grousing from frustrated partisans. Then, in a 9-0 decision Thursday, the high court ruled that at least in one case Obama had gone too far. For Republicans, the […]