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Supreme Court ruling will help gay military spouses

Supreme Court ruling will help gay military spouses

For Stewart Bornhoft, who completed two tours of duty in Vietnam, the Supreme Court’s decision granting federal benefits to married, same-sex couples means that he and his spouse, Stephen McNabb, can one day be buried together at Arlington National Cemetery. For Joan Darrah, who served nearly 30 years in the Navy and lived through the […]

Lots to still work out on gay marriage issues

Lots to still work out on gay marriage issues

Two landmark Supreme Court rulings that bolster gay marriage rights don’t remove all barriers to same-sex unions by a long shot. Where gay couples live still will have a lot to do with how they’re treated. Some questions and answers about Wednesday’s court rulings: Q: Can you boil down these two big rulings — 104 […]

Supreme Court gay marriage decision due Wednesday

Supreme Court gay marriage decision due Wednesday

The Supreme Court is meeting to deliver opinions in two cases that could dramatically alter the rights of gay people across the United States. The justices are expected to decide their first-ever cases about gay marriage Wednesday in their last session before the court’s summer break. The issues before the court are California’s constitutional ban […]

What did the Supreme Court really say about affirmative action?

What did the Supreme Court really say about affirmative action?

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the use of racial preferences in college admissions left many questions unanswered: Is the University of Texas‘ admissions policy that uses race as a factor constitutional? And do colleges around the country need to change how they use racial preferences to achieve a diverse student body? Those and other questions […]

Another right-wing legislative act in the House going nowhere after passage

Another right-wing legislative act in the House going nowhere after passage

In a monumental waste of time, effort and resources, the right-wing controlled House of Representatives is expected to pass tough anti-abortion legislation that stands no chance of approval in the Senate and a veto promise from the White House should such restrictive legislation. “This is typical, hypocritical actions by the hard-core conservatives that control the […]

Obama may step up support of gay marriage through Supreme Court

Obama may step up support of gay marriage through Supreme Court

Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage — a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country. The administration has one week to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the justices outlining its opinion on […]

Obamacare gets high court hearing next week

Obamacare gets high court hearing next week

President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul faces its biggest court test next week, capping a legal battle that could reshape the powers of the U.S. government, redefine medical care for most Americans and transform the 2012 election campaign. The justices on the U.S. Supreme Court will pepper lawyers with questions, possibly signaling how they might rule, […]

Obama’s embattled health care plan: Is there a doctor in the house?

Obama’s embattled health care plan: Is there a doctor in the house?

The scorecard on the legal fight over President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul is two judges in favor and one against. But these are the early rounds in preliminary bouts. The one that really counts — a showdown at the Supreme Court — is at least a year away. The health care law suffered its […]

Supreme Court rejects request to lift military gay ban

Supreme Court rejects request to lift military gay ban

The Supreme Court on Friday denied a request to lift the Pentagon’s ban that prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military, a decision that turns the focus on the issue to Congress when lawmakers return to work next week. President Barack Obama has pledged to end the “don’t ask, don’t […]