Nov 18, 2014

Gay marriage issue squarely before U.S. Supreme Court

A same-sex couple from the state of Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the U.S. Supreme Court. The couple’s plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold that state ...

Nov 11, 2014

Kansas asks U.S. Supreme Court to put gay marriage on hold

Kansas asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to prevent gay marriage from going into effect in the state while it appeals a federal judge’s ruling last week that its ban on same-sex nuptials violates the U.S. Constitution. The stay application by Kansas was ...

Nov 4, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court divided on Jerusalem passport case

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it considered whether Congress overstepped its authority in passing a law designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports. Congress passed the law in 2002 ...

Oct 10, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court's halting of gay marriages in Nevada laid to mistake

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy mistakenly blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Nevada in an order that spawned confusion among state officials and disappointment in couples hoping to be wed. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed this mix-up Thursday, saying Kennedy’s order issued ...

U.S. justices: Can't make employers cover contraceptives

Jul 1, 2014

U.S. justices: Can't make employers cover contraceptives

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ...

May 9, 2014

Supremes answer town's prayers

by Noah Feldman

The upshot of the May 5 U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold prayer before a town council meeting is that as long as no one is coerced, nonsectarian prayer is a political virtue but not a constitutional requirement.