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Woman Files Federal Suit Against All Gays

She asks federal judge in Nebraska to decide whether homosexuality is a sin

(Newser) - The gay-marriage question before the Supreme Court isn't the only court case involving homosexuals making headlines. This one's a little less weighty, though: In Nebraska, a woman has filed a federal lawsuit against all gay people because she believes them to be sinners. In her seven-page petition written... More »

'Burned Alive': Court Has Heated Debate on Execution

Alito blasts 'guerrilla war' by opponents of death penalty

(Newser) - Things got about as nasty as they get in the Supreme Court chambers as the justices today debated the constitutionality of a lethal-injection drug. Samuel Alito, for example, accused opponents of the death penalty of engaging in a "guerrilla war" to stop it, while Elena Kagan likened the execution... More »

Scalia's 'Shameful Joke' Speaks Volumes

Jeffrey Toobin: It shows how out of step he is on gay marriage

(Newser) - After a protester interrupted yesterday's Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage to scream about how supporters will burn in hell, Antonin Scalia quipped from the bench that "it was rather refreshing, actually." It was a joke, sure, but "there’s every reason to believe that Scalia... More »

Kennedy, Roberts Don't Tip Hands in Gay Marriage Case

Kennedy in particular asks tough questions of both sides

(Newser) - Today's historic arguments before the Supreme Court over whether gay marriage is a constitutional right have wrapped up, but anyone looking to predict the winner seems to be out of luck. As expected, the court's liberal justices backed the idea and its conservative justices were skeptical, leaving all... More »

What to Know as Gay Marriage Goes Before Supreme Court

Arguments begin today on whether states can ban same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Arguments are set to begin this morning in Obergefell v. Hodges, a group of appeals from couples in four states that will force the Supreme Court to confront whether gay marriage is a constitutional right in all states, the Hill reports. Some things to know:
  • Per the AP , the court
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Why Same-Sex Marriage Is Looking 'Inevitable'

Observers have little doubt that marriage equality is on its way

(Newser) - The Supreme Court won't hear arguments on the issue of same-sex marriage until tomorrow—but already, it seems observers have made up their minds, writes Sam Baker at the National Journal : The justices will support marriage equality. According to "conventional wisdom," says a court expert, "there... More »

US May Have to Stop Taking Farmers' Raisins

Supreme Court sounds skeptical about old agriculture rule

(Newser) - A post-World War II-era program that forces raisin producers to give part of their annual crop to the government could soon be a relic of history. Several Supreme Court justices expressed doubts this week that federal officials can legally take raisins away from farmers without full payment even if the... More »

Confederate Flag on Texas Plates Heads to High Court

Supreme Court to decide if state has right to ban what some see as offensive

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today considers whether Texans should have the right, as folks in nine other states do, to drive around with a license plate bearing the Confederate flag. The Sons of Confederate Veterans—a "heritage organization," as per spokesman Ben Jones, and "not a bunch of... More »

John Roberts' One Question on ObamaCare May Be Huge

Jeffrey Toobin thinks he may be leaning to save the law, for now

(Newser) - In yesterday's arguments about ObamaCare before the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts surprised observers by saying almost nothing. But the single question he did ask might well have tipped his hand, writes Jeffrey Toobin at the New Yorker . If Toobin is right, it's a mixture of good... More »

ObamaCare Case: Kennedy, Roberts Tough to Read

Chief justice says little, while Kennedy challenges both sides during arguments

(Newser) - It's all up to Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts now. In today's arguments before the Supreme Court in King v. Burwell—the case that could decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act—the liberal justices sounded predictably in favor of the law, the conservative justices sounded predictably... More »

No Plan B If Court Rules Against ObamaCare: WH

But Republicans say they've got something in mind

(Newser) - The Supreme Court begins hearing arguments today in a case that could result in people in 34 states losing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports. But if the court opts to take what one Democrat calls "a wrecking ball to a major part of... More »

'Millions Lose' if Plaintiffs Win Obamacare Case

'King v. Burwell' makes a 'bizarre' argument, says USA Today

(Newser) - Four people are bringing their case against Obamacare to the Supreme Court Wednesday, and USA Today doesn't like it. "As legal challenges go, the latest complaint is bizarre," writes the editorial board. In sum, the plaintiffs say a literal reading of the law only allows states with... More »

Ginsburg: America Can Handle Gay Marriage

As gay Americans have come out, we 'recognized they are one of us'

(Newser) - As far as Ruth Bader Ginsburg is concerned, America is ready for gay marriage. In an interview yesterday, the Supreme Court justice said she believes a high court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage would be accepted at this point, Bloomberg reports. "The change in people’s attitudes on that issue... More »

Most Alabama Counties Buck Feds on Gay Marriage

More than two-thirds halt all marriage

(Newser) - In Alabama, county officials are caught between an order from the state's chief justice not to issue same-sex marriage licenses and a federal judge's ruling legalizing gay marriage—and most of them have decided to just stop issuing any marriage licenses. After the Supreme Court refused to keep... More »

Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages in Alabama

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked to keep the decision on hold

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says it won't stop same-sex marriages from beginning in Alabama today. The court this morning denied the Alabama attorney general's request to extend a hold on a judge's ruling overturning the state's ban on gay marriage. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked... More »

Guy on Death Row 30 Years Gets Last-Minute Reprieve

US Supreme Court steps in as Texas planned execution for Tuesday

(Newser) - A Texas inmate set to be executed next week for fatally shooting four men at an airplane hangar more than 30 years ago won a reprieve today from the US Supreme Court. Lester Bower Jr., 67, among the longest-serving Texas death row inmates, had been scheduled for lethal injection Tuesday.... More »

Supreme Court Litigant Who Vanished Returns

Bobby Chen was apparently in California

(Newser) - It's aptly called an "unprecedented mystery" by the Wall Street Journal . A New York man who claims Baltimore illegally razed a home he owned there managed to get his case—which actually centers around a filing deadline, not the demolition itself—all the way to the Supreme Court.... More »

Courts: Nursing Mom's Firing Isn't Sexist— Men Can Lactate

Supreme Court won't overturn lower ruling

(Newser) - When a woman took legal action over a reported firing linked to breastfeeding, courts dismissed the move—in part because men are capable of lactating, the Raw Story reports. Now, the Supreme Court is letting that dismissal stand. "The court's reasoning in this case echoes old Supreme Court... More »

3 Executions on Hold Until Supreme Court Hears Case

Unless Oklahoma comes up with an alternative to controversial drug

(Newser) - Three death-row inmates in Oklahoma now have a much better chance of living long enough to see whether their court challenge to lethal injection is successful. The Supreme Court today ordered Oklahoma to put the executions on hold until the court hears their case in late April, reports NBC News... More »

CBO: ObamaCare Will Cost 20% Less Than We Thought

Revised estimates come in well under initial ones 5 years ago

(Newser) - When the CBO was crunching numbers back in 2010 on how much ObamaCare would cost the federal government, it came up with a figure of $710 billion for fiscal years 2015 to 2019. Yesterday, the agency cut that by 20% to $571 billion, reports the New York Times . CBO chief... More »

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