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U.S. to give veterans benefits to gay married couples

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Gay married couples can get veterans benefits, despite a federal statute limiting such benefits to spouses of the opposite sex, the U.S. attorney general said.

Japanese court: Illegitimate children must get equal share of estates

TOKYO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Japan's Supreme Court says a law that limits the share of a parent's estate that can be inherited by illegitimate children is unconstitutional.

Judge promises speedy response in same-sex marriage license case

NORRISTOWN, Pa., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania judge said he would rule quickly after hearing arguments Wednesday regarding issuance of state marriage licenses to same-sex-couples.

Montana appeals 30-day sentence for teacher who raped student

BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The Montana Attorney General filed an appeal Wednesday of the 30-day sentence for a former teacher convicted of raping a teenage student who killed herself.

Holmes' lawyers seek to invalidate state's death penalty

AURORA, Colo., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Lawyers for James Holmes, accused of a Colorado movie theater mass shooting, have petitioned the judge to declare the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

Iowa Supreme Court affirms school's firing of dean

DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The Iowa Supreme Court ruled the University of Iowa acted properly in firing its dean of students for improperly handling sexual-assault allegations.

Arizona high court sets October execution date for 71-year-old inmate

PHOENIX, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The Arizona Supreme Court says it has scheduled Edward Schad, a 71-year-old death row prisoner, to be put to death Oct. 9.

Oklahoma court blocks order to place child with adoptive parents

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court blocked a county court order demanding a child's biological father immediately turn her over to her adoptive parents.

Texas Chief Justice Jefferson to resign

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Wallace Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, will resign at the end of September, the court announced Tuesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
By United Press International
Will court change church-state equation?

Will court change church-state equation?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Will the narrow conservative majority in the U.S. Supreme Court make it easier for communities across the United States to open government meetings with prayer -- almost always Christian prayer? Maybe.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Ginsburg first Supreme Court justice to officiate gay marriage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg married a gay couple Saturday, becoming the first U.S. Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex wedding.

Mississippi sheriff charged with extortion, witness tampering

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The four-term sheriff of Jackson County, Miss., surrendered Friday to face a long list of charges that include embezzlement and witness tampering.
U.S. Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex marriage

U.S. Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate at the marriage of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts in Washington.

Judge says VA can't refuse to pay benefits to same-sex spouse

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A federal judge has ordered the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay a California veteran in a same-sex marriage the benefits due a married couple.
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The Supreme Court Justices of the United States sit for a formal group photo in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court in Washington on October 8, 2010. The Justices are (front row from left) Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John G. Roberts (Chief Justice), Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg; (back row from left) Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Sameul Alito and Elena Kagan, the newest member of the Court. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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