U.S. Supreme Court
Dec 31, 2013 — Utah officials say of same-sex marriages that are now taking place in their state, "each one is an affront." Justice Sonia Sotomayor has asked for a response to their request for a stay by Friday.
Nov 19, 2013 — The justice issued a strong dissent when her colleagues declined to review an Alabama law allowing elected judges to override a jury's decision not to impose the death penalty.
Nov 18, 2013 — Without comment, the Supreme Court passed on the first case challenging NSA surveillance since the Edward Snowden leaks.
Oct 21, 2013 — The standard by which a felon is judged to be mentally competent to face execution will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court agreed Monday to hear a case involving a Florida man convicted of a 1978 murder; he has an IQ that's close to the state threshold.
Oct 7, 2013 — In a wide-ranging interview with New York magazine, the conservative justice says the devil is "a real person," the situation in Washington is "nasty" and that he's "not a hater of homosexuals at all." He also says he's glad his method of interpreting the Constitution has become more mainstream.
Aug 9, 2013 — In a rare moment of agreement, Obama's team and the GOP told the Supreme Court prayers before government meetings do not violate the constitution. The high court is weighing the issue in case involving the town of Greece, N.Y., Town Board meetings.
Jun 30, 2013 — Cities across the world are hosting gay pride festivals this weekend — but not Moscow. A court there has banned gay pride parades there for the next 100 years. So Russian LGBT activists will take virtual steps toward Red Square along a route marked with supportive tweets.
Jun 27, 2013 — Who will be presiding over the same-sex marriages that are expected to start up again, perhaps next month? An 80-year-old retired woman, among others.
Jun 26, 2013 — The dual victories the Supreme Court handed to same-sex-marriage supporters Thursday mean Washington will no longer be the focus of the fight. The next gay-rights battles will be over state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage.
Jun 26, 2013 — With the Supreme Court declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the next move will likely be executive action by President Obama to equalize federal marriage benefits.