Gay-marriage bans struck down in Utah and Oklahoma are the first to come before a federal appeals panel since a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling set off a string of challenges to limits on same-sex marriage.
Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer had a 40-year engagement and a two-year marriage, starting with a wedding in Canada recognized under the laws of New York, where they lived, and ending when Spyer died two years ago.
The U.S. Supreme Court takes up its second gay-marriage case in two days, one that gains new significance after the justices signaled reluctance to decide whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed.
The second of at least three appeals courts that will consider whether Congress can compel Americans to buy insurance listened to the Obama administration’s top litigator spar with an attorney for a faith-based legal advocacy group opposed to the health-care reform law.
President Barack Obama selected Elena Kagan , his top U.S. Supreme Court lawyer and the former dean of Harvard Law School, to fill a vacancy on the high court and for the first time give it three female members.
President Barack Obama selected Elena Kagan , his top U.S. Supreme Court lawyer and the former dean of Harvard Law School, to fill a vacancy on the high court, a person familiar with the decision said.
Elena Kagan , President Barack Obama ’s choice to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, brings a reputation as a bridge builder with a knack for forging consensus amid political and philosophical discord.