Ohio ban on recognizing out-of-state gay marriages to fall
April 4th, 2014
01:14 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Ohio ban on recognizing out-of-state gay marriages to fall

Updated 4:06 p.m. ET, 4/4/2014

(An earlier version of this report stated incorrectly that Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage was to be declared unconstitutional.)

(CNN) - A federal judge signaled Friday that he'll declare unconstitutional Ohio's current refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states - the latest instance in which courts have challenged restrictions on the rights of legally-married gays and lesbians.

A hearing was held Friday where lawyers for several same-sex couples asked the judge to dismiss on equal protection grounds all aspects of the state's voter-approved ban on recognizing gay and lesbian couples who were legally wed elsewhere. The judge– a 2010 appointee of President Barack Obama– announced from the bench he would officially do so in coming days.

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Filed under: Ohio • Same-sex marriage
April 2nd, 2014
10:17 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Justices strike down political donor limits

Washington (CNN) - In another blow to federal election laws, the Supreme Court on Wednesday eliminated limits on the total amount people can donate to various political campaigns in a single election season. However, the court left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate.

At issue is whether those regulations in the Federal Election Campaign Act violate the First Amendment rights of contributors.

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Filed under: Supreme Court
March 21st, 2014
08:23 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Justices to hear 'Hobby Lobby' case on Obamacare birth control rule

(CNN) - Conestoga Wood Specialties was founded a half-century ago in a Pennsylvania garage. The Hahn family's commitment to quality is driven in large part by their Christian faith, which in turn may soon threaten the company's very existence.

That financial and constitutional dynamic is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, in a high-stakes encore to the health care reform law known as Obamacare. The justices will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a dispute involving contraception coverage and religious liberty.

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Filed under: Faith • Supreme Court
Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down
February 26th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
2 months ago

Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down

(CNN) – A federal judge has struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Texas, ruling Wednesday it has no "rational relation to a legitimate government purpose."

The decision is the latest in a series of federal and state court moves to overturn current laws forbidding gay and lesbians from legal wedlock.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Texas
Justices deny review of gun-rights appeals
February 24th, 2014
04:35 PM ET
2 months ago

Justices deny review of gun-rights appeals

(CNN) – The Supreme Court for now is staying out of the hot-button issue of concealed weapons laws.

The Justices on Monday declined to review two cases brought by the National Rifle Association that deal with whether those age 18-20 can buy and then carry handguns in public for self-defense.

The justices gave no reason for denying those cases and a third gun-control appeal on out-of-state weapon transfers.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Supreme Court
Obama, Harper differences over Keystone pipeline on display at summit
February 20th, 2014
01:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama, Harper differences over Keystone pipeline on display at summit

(CNN) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday said a report on the Keystone XL pipeline was "pretty definitive" in its assessment that it would not affect climate change, an issue President Barack Obama says must be part of the discussion.

The comments by the two leaders came at a news conference following a summit of the leaders of North America, which brought together Harper, Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Toluca, Mexico.

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Filed under: Energy • President Obama
New TV ad urges high court to allow cameras
February 18th, 2014
09:16 PM ET
2 months ago

New TV ad urges high court to allow cameras

Washington (CNN) – A new television ad urges what the U.S. Supreme Court has been loathing for decades to allow: cameras in its marble-walled courtroom.

Eleven media and public transparency groups released the ad Tuesday in the Washington, D.C. area and some cable television outlets, saying "It's time for a more open judiciary."

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Memo reveals Clinton's difficulty over Supreme Court choice
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer in March 2012.
February 17th, 2014
12:32 PM ET
2 months ago

Memo reveals Clinton's difficulty over Supreme Court choice

(CNN) - Newly uncovered documents from a confidante of Hillary Clinton are making headlines about the former first lady. But they also reveal new details about legacy moments in her husband's presidency that were frustrating and distracting to the White House.

It seemed as if Bill Clinton had too many choices in his first chance to name a Supreme Court justice and not enough for his second.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Supreme Court
Analysis: Justice Thomas comments spark fresh debate on race
February 12th, 2014
02:32 PM ET
2 months ago

Analysis: Justice Thomas comments spark fresh debate on race

(CNN) – Justice Clarence Thomas rarely speaks from the bench but his comments in less formal settings are often illuminating, often controversial - especially on race.

It is a topic that continues to engage the national debate, especially when it comes from the mind of the Supreme Court's only African-American jurist.

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Filed under: Clarence Thomas • Supreme Court
Charity gets win for now over Obamacare on contraception
January 24th, 2014
04:25 PM ET
3 months ago

Charity gets win for now over Obamacare on contraception

(CNN) – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday will enable a religious-affiliated non-profit and other groups like it to remain temporarily exempt from Obamacare requirements to cover birth control and other reproductive health they oppose for religious reasons.

The justices extended an injunction first granted on an emergency basis just before the New Year for a Catholic charity for the elderly run by nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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