As Justice Lewis Powell was struggling with how to cast the decisive vote in a 1986 Supreme Court case that would end up devastating the gay rights movement, he told his fellow justices that he had never met a homosexual.
I don't think we've paused sufficiently to celebrate the wonderful recent defeat for the cause of personal freedom. After all, these sorts of defeats don't happen every day.
Why did the Supreme Court agree in December to hear a major same-sex marriage case and then seem to think it had made a terrible mistake Tuesday when it came time for arguments?
As the Supreme Court justices struggled with the question of same-sex marriage this week, politicians in Congress kept handing down their own verdict. One after another, a series of lawmakers in recent days endorsed allowing gay men and lesbians to wed.
The United States Supreme Court on Wednesday morning heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Windsor, confronting the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits that go to married people. Here is where you can listen to audio of the oral arguments and also read the complete transcript.
The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday morning heard oral arguments in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, confronting Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage. Here is where you can listen to audio of the oral arguments and also read the complete transcript.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday will confront two distinct gay marriage cases, which together pose some very sensitive questions. Here's a rundown.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday will confront two distinct gay marriage cases, which together pose some very sensitive questions. Here’s a rundown.
A group of 212 Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives signed a brief Friday urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, but the same lawmakers, including most from California, did not formally weigh in on a separate case involving Proposition 8.