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Same-sex marriage rolls

Same-sex marriage rolls

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- As the nation enters the 14th year of the 21st century, the fight over same-sex marriage is far from over. Despite pronouncements from a reality TV star -- who said they're going straight to hell -- gays and lesbians are instead going straight to the courts, where they have met with some success.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Writer
At year's end: Fasten your Supreme Court seat belt, bumpy ride ahead

At year's end: Fasten your Supreme Court seat belt, bumpy ride ahead

Paraphrasing Forrest Gump, "The rest of the U.S. Supreme Court term is like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're gonna get."
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, United Press International
Peek-a-boo, the drone sees you

Peek-a-boo, the drone sees you

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Last week's eye-popping demonstration by Amazon.com of its proposed method of delivery -- packages dropped on doorsteps by little helicopter drones -- has become an Internet sensation. Amazon's drones are warm and friendly, like the heroes of a Disney movie. Others coming your way, not so much.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
The legal attack on the NSA

The legal attack on the NSA

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A challenge to the National Security Agency's massive domestic snooping program whizzed by in the U.S. Supreme Court last week. If you blinked, you missed it.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
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.
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