Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday refused to stop California from issuing same-sex marriage licenses, turning aside an emergency request from supporters of Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that had earlier been dismissed by the justices on narrow, jurisdictional grounds. It is the latest legal and political twist in an issue that has divided the state.
Justice Anthony Kennedy refused to vacate a stay of a decision Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, which had lifted a previous injunction on the ability of gays and lesbians to legally wed. Officials across the state, including the attorney general, quickly began performing same-sex marriages, including those of the two couples who brought the original lawsuit.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The House will hold hearings on the Voting Rights Act in July, following the Supreme Court's decision last week striking down a central part of the landmark law, House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte told CNN Sunday.
The Virginia Republican said he doesn't know whether Congress will work to change the law so that it's considered constitutional by the justices.
(CNN) – David Boies, one of the key attorneys who led the legal fight against California’s ban on same-sex marriage, reiterated Sunday he will work with proponents to make sure marriage equality becomes legal “in every single state in the union.”
“There isn't any state we're giving up on,” he told CNN’s chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on “State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) – It's a familiar refrain from the media-shy U.S. Supreme Court: Judge us by what we write in our rulings, not in oral arguments, speeches or interviews.
But the court term that ended this week in dramatic fashion reveals how difficult it can be to create a coherent picture of this dynamic bench, one that moves easily, if stealthily, across ideological lines on a range of hot-button cases.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden used his "Being Biden" audio series Thursday to praise the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage rulings.
Biden related the story of a gay friend and adviser, Carlos, whose horizons have changed now that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act has been invalidated and the U.S. government will no longer deny federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
Washington (CNN) - Moments after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a pair of same-sex marriage cases, the handful of Democrats considering running for president in 2016 stumbled over themselves in a rush of celebratory reaction, blasting out a salvo of congratulatory press releases and tweets.
Voting 5-4 in each of two decisions, the justices struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples and cleared the way for gays and lesbians to once again marry in California.FULL STORY
(CNN) – As he heard Wednesday's rulings from the steps of the Supreme Court, the sole married, gay member of Congress thought about how his own marriage remains unrecognized by his home state.
"We have to be thinking about Wisconsin and the other  states where same-sex couples can't make end-of-life decisions, can't be notified as next of kin," Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin told CNN.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that gutted the federal ban on same sex marriage elicited strongly divided responses from political leaders and advocates, a reflection of the broad disagreements that remain on the issue despite its growing acceptance among Americans.
President Barack Obama, who announced a year ago he supported same-sex marriage, said in a statement he was asking members of his administration to review "all relevant federal statutes" to ensure the Wednesday's decision is implemented "swiftly and smoothly." But conservatives vowed to continue their efforts to ban gays and lesbians from marrying, casting the rulings as a setback - but not an end - to their fight.
Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court has dismissed a closely-watched appeal over same-sex marriage on jurisdictional grounds, ruling Wednesday private parties do not have "standing" to defend California's voter-approved ballot measure barring gay and lesbians couples from state-sanctioned wedlock.
The ruling permits same-sex couples in California to legally marry.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Here are developments as the Supreme Court considers two cases concerning same-sex marriage.
It's set to be the last public day of the Supreme Court session, and we're waiting for opinions in three cases - two of which address same-sex marriage.
It's widely expected that we'll get rulings on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8, and those rulings could affect the lives, rights and finances of millions of Americans.FULL STORY