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Nation Apr 26What’s the status of same-sex marriage across the country?
The number of states allowing same-sex marriage has grown rapidly. As recently as October, just over one-third of the states permitted same-sex marriage. Now, same-sex couples can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. A look at what…
Politics Apr 21Opponents to same-sex marriage want Supreme Court to decide slowly
Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.
Nation Mar 25Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.
Politics Mar 23Justices hear free speech dispute over Confederate flag license plate
The Supreme Court is weighing a free-speech challenge to Texas' refusal to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag.
Nation Mar 22Ban on Confederate flag license plates reaches Supreme Court
The Supreme Court will decide whether Texas can refuse to issue a license plate featuring the battle flag without violating the free-speech rights of Texans who want one.
Politics Mar 15Few GOP elite support same-sex marriage in Supreme Court
The partisan divide over same-sex marriage among top elected officials remains stark, with Democrats overwhelmingly on record in favor and Republicans mostly silent so far…
Politics Mar 01Supreme court to hear case on voter-approved redistricting
In a reversal of the usual worries about political influence on electoral map-making, the Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries.
Nation Feb 25Justices weigh case of Muslim denied job over headscarf
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is considering the employment discrimination claim of a Muslim woman who was turned down for a job by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after she showed up at her job interview wearing a black headscarf…
Politics Feb 14Challengers’ legal rights unlikely to effect health lawsuit
Despite questions about four challengers' legal right to bring their lawsuit, the Supreme Court probably will not be deterred from deciding whether millions of people covered by the health care overhaul are eligible for the subsidies that make their insurance…
Nation Feb 09Justice Thomas objects to Supreme Court’s refusal to block gay marriage in Alabama
Thomas wrote that the court "looks the other way as yet another federal district judge casts aside state laws" and that "this acquiescence may well be seen as a signal of the court's intended resolution of that question."…