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Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings

Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Wednesday on the constitutionality of opening government meetings with prayer, but the justices seemed unsure how to rule.
Kennedy key vote in Michigan affirmative action ban

Kennedy key vote in Michigan affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Tuesday on whether Michigan or any state can ban affirmative action for race or gender reasons.
Taking the cuffs off political money

Taking the cuffs off political money

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates to corporate political contributions for "independent electioneering" in 2010's Citizens United vs. FEC, practically drowning federal political campaigns in money. Now the same five-justice majority that held sway in Citizens United may be poised to loosen restrictions on campaign finance even further.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Abortion opponents: 20 weeks just a step toward ban

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Abortion opponents acknowledge their current push to ban the procedure in the United States after 20 weeks is a step toward outlawing abortions.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
By United Press International
Affirmative action living on the edge

Affirmative action living on the edge

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, before going on recess last month, narrowed affirmative action in college admissions as much as it possibly could without killing it. A case accepted for argument next term not only threatens big trouble for what remains of race-based preferential admissions, but for gender-based admissions policies as well.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
DOMA and Prop 8, finding the light

DOMA and Prop 8, finding the light

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision last week striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and its companion ruling that in effect upheld the outlawing of California's Proposition 8, ignited a national conversation -- where does same-sex marriage go from here? For that matter, where does marriage go from here?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Prop 8 proponents go back to court to try to stop same-sex marriages

LOS ANGELES, June 29 (UPI) -- Opponents of same-sex marriage in California went back to the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday to try to stop an appellate ruling opening the way for gays to marry.
Huelskamp vows constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage

Huelskamp vows constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Constitution must be changed to void the Supreme Court ruling that said the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, a Republican lawmaker said.
Court strikes down DOMA

Court strikes down DOMA

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling Wednesday, struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies a raft of benefits to gay couples.
Court narrows affirmative action for diversity

Court narrows affirmative action for diversity

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-1 Monday to narrow the use of affirmative action by state schools, but fell short of striking down such policies altogether.
Voter ID repercussions could be vast

Voter ID repercussions could be vast

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court last week stepped into the national fight over voter identification requirements, and the result won't please those pushing such requirements in at least 30 states.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Court: U.S. law pre-empts Arizona registration requirement

Court: U.S. law pre-empts Arizona registration requirement

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday Arizona's requirement of proof of citizenship before voter registration is pre-empted by federal law.
DNA ruling a big win for police

DNA ruling a big win for police

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a huge victory for law enforcement, ruled 5-4 last week that taking a DNA sample from prisoners accused of serious crimes does not violate the Constitution.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

U.S. Supreme Court allows DNA sampling of prisoners

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a major victory for law enforcement, ruled 5-4 Monday that DNA sampling of prisoners arrested for serious crime is constitutional.
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