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SCOTUS Delays Benefits for Utah Gay Couples

High court says stay will hold until outcome of appeal

(Newser) - More than 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah must wait longer for state benefits after the US Supreme Court granted the state a stay on an order requiring it to recognize the marriages. The high court issued the order this afternoon, saying the stay will remain in place pending... More »

Utah Taking Gay Marriage to Supreme Court

State will appeal directly to highest court

(Newser) - Utah wants an answer once for all about whether it can ban gay marriage, so it's going straight to the Supreme Court. The state's attorney general said today that he plans to appeal last month's federal appeals court ruling that declared the state's ban on same-sex... More »

White House Rushes to Find Contraception Solution

Obama seeks way to cover thousands of women

(Newser) - After the Supreme Court threw a wrench in ObamaCare's contraceptive coverage plans, the White House is hurrying to find a new way to cover birth control for thousands of women, the New York Times reports. The paper cites two possible solutions. One approach would call on companies' insurers to... More »

3 Female Justices Furious in New Contraceptive Ruling

Court lets evangelical college avoid filling out forms on coverage

(Newser) - A divided Supreme Court today allowed, at least for now, an evangelical college in Illinois that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to avoid filling out a government document that the college says would violate its religious beliefs. The justices said that Wheaton College does not have... More »

Why Are Employers Still Providing Health Insurance?

Hobby Lobby decision should push Congress to end practice, Jon Healey argues

(Newser) - The Hobby Lobby decision still looms large over the opinion pages today. The Wall Street Journal called it "an important vindication of religious liberty," while the New York Times complained that the justices gave "for-profit companies an unprecedented right to impose their religious views on employees."... More »

What the Hobby Lobby Decision Means

Obama vows to work with Congress to circumvent it

(Newser) - The Supreme Court delivered another explosive decision today, ruling that closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby can duck ObamaCare's mandate to provide insurance that covers birth control. Here's what the immediate reaction has been among pundits and politicians: More »

SCOTUS: Employers Can Duck Birth Control

...if they hold religious objections

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today dealt a decisive victory to Hobby Lobby , ruling in a 5-4 decision that closely held companies can refuse the ObamaCare mandate to provide birth control for employees. Chief Justice John Roberts, the swing vote that upheld ObamaCare two years ago, this time crossed over to side... More »

Key ObamaCare Contraception Ruling Due Today

Justices may be leaning toward Hobby Lobby

(Newser) - Following deliberations that pointed to a divided Supreme Court, justices will hand down a decision on ObamaCare's contraception mandate today around 10am, Politico reports. Americans appear to favor the government in the matter: Just 35% agree with the idea that employers' religious beliefs should play a role in determining... More »

Supreme Court: Obama Overstepped His Bounds

Court curtails president's ability to bypass Congress with recess appointments

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has just limited a president's power to make temporary appointments to fill high-level government jobs. The court ruled unanimously today that President Obama exceeded his authority when he invoked the Constitution's provision on recess appointments to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in... More »

What Now for Aereo ... and Its Viewers?

After Supreme Court ruling, streaming firm needs a plan B

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has ruled that Aereo's streaming service is illegal —but while execs earlier said there was no Plan B, at least some people at the company appear ready to reconsider, the Atlantic finds. Barry Diller, the year-old service's biggest investor, says "it's over... More »

Court's Ruling on Cell Phones Is Milestone for Privacy

Pundits: Finally, justices prove they understand technology's role in modern life

(Newser) - They may not be an especially tech-savvy bunch, but today's ruling on cell phones shows that the Supreme Court justices are anything but Luddites, writes Dahlia Lithwick at Slate . The court ruled unanimously that police need a warrant under almost all circumstances to search somebody's cell phone, with... More »

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

And rules that police need a warrant to search your phone

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today delivered a major victory for broadcasters by ruling 6-3 that Aereo violated their copyright. Aereo uses thousands of TV antennas to stream content that's freely broadcast over the airwaves to users, who can also choose to record shows to watch later. The ruling may effectively... More »

In Ruling, EPA Gets 'Almost Everything It Wants'

Expert: 'Supreme Court put EPA on a leash but not in a noose'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court largely left intact today the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval. The justices... More »

Big Supreme Court Rulings Are Coming

Decisions due on TV, environmental rules

(Newser) - It's a big week for the Supreme Court, which wraps up its term next Monday. We'll be hearing from the justices on a number of key cases that have been argued since January, ranging from ObamaCare to free speech. USA Today outlines the highlights; this week's decisions... More »

Supreme Court OKs Challenge on Law Against Lying

Court also strikes down 'straw man' gun purchases

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that an anti-abortion group can challenge an Ohio law that bars people from making false statements about political candidates during a campaign. The high court said the Susan B. Anthony List does not have to wait until it is prosecuted under the law to... More »

Minute Maid Can Be Sued Over .3% Pomegranate Juice

Ruling allows companies to sue competitors for false advertising

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court has waded into a juicy suit: It yesterday ruled that POM Wonderful is free to sue Coca-Cola's Minute Maid over the latter's "Pomegranate Blueberry" juice labels. Pomegranate and blueberry juices make up just 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, of the drink's... More »

High Court: No, Jealous Wife Didn't Use a 'Chemical Weapon'

Meanwhile, NYT reporter may have to reveal his source

(Newser) - It turns out that you can't use an international chemical weapons treaty to resolve a crazy suburban love triangle. The Supreme Court today unanimously overruled the conviction of Carol Anne Bond , a Pennsylvania woman who spent six years in prison after being prosecuted under an anti-terrorism law based on... More »

High Court: IQ Test Alone Can't Decide Death Penalty

Plus: Justices favor Secret Service in free-speech ruling

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today ruled that states must look beyond an IQ score in borderline cases of mental disability to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed. The justices said in a 5-4 decision that Florida and a handful of other states cannot rely solely on... More »

High Court Ruling Already Bad News for Non-Christians

Roanoke supervisor proposes ban on non-Christian prayer

(Newser) - What will the Supreme Court's Greece vs. Galloway decision mean for religious liberty? Well, let's put it this way: Less than 24 hours later, a board of supervisors member in Roanoke, Va., used the ruling to revise his push to ditch the town's nonsectarian prayer policy, adding... More »

Supreme Court: Town Council Can Pray Away

Christian prayers don't violate First Amendment, court says in 5-4 ruling

(Newser) - It's OK for town council meetings to open with prayers, even if those prayers heavily reference Christianity, the Supreme Court declared today, in a 5-4 ruling split along familiar ideological lines. The court said that the content of the prayers is irrelevant, as long as officials make a good-faith... More »

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