WASHINGTON (RNS) “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor said after the Supreme Court granted an exemption from the contraception mandate to Wheaton College.
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(RNS) Apart from propelling the judicial winning streak, the landmark case has extended Edie Windsor’s 15 minutes of fame to a year and counting.
GUN BARREL CITY, Texas (RNS) Two men at the center of a legal fight over the state’s ban have become minor celebrities in this lakeside community, where they have a weekend home. But they still face plenty of opposition, including from family members.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The race to legalize same-sex marriage in the nation’s state and federal courts has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, fueled by an unbroken string of pro-marriage rulings since the Supreme Court first weighed in on the subject last June. As each decision strikes down state bans, it becomes more difficult for judges to ignore […]
WASHINGTON (RNS) The 5-4 decision in favor of the any-prayer-goes policy in the town of Greece, N.Y., avoided two alternatives that the justices clearly found abhorrent: having government leaders parse prayers, or outlawing them altogether.
(RNS) The owners of Elane Photography in New Mexico want the U.S. Supreme Court to focus solely on free speech — in this case, the freedom not to photograph same-sex ceremonies.
(RNS) While religious liberty remains a “core value” in Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday, “so is non-discrimination.” And therein lies the balancing act that’s at the root of several other disputes.
(RNS) A ruling by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen sets the stage for a possible Supreme Court showdown, though cases from Utah and Oklahoma also are headed that way.
(RNS) Despite two landmark Supreme Court decisions in June that vastly expanded same-sex marriage rights in states from Maine to California, gay and lesbian couples in 35 states remain outside the bonds of holy matrimony. For them, the battle is ongoing.