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Same-sex spouses of veterans in most states may not receive equal benefits

This week’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage will mean that the same-sex spouses of active-duty military personnel can soon qualify for benefits their opposite-sex counterparts have long enjoyed. | 06/28/13 16:47:27 By - By Curtis Tate

Some effects of Supreme Court rulings felt at once, others take years

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia got it right. As the conservative jurist noted again this week, the court plants seeds with every decision, sometimes regardless of assurances to the contrary. And though the Supreme Court’s 2012 term ended with a flourish Wednesday, the 78 decisions issued since last October will shape the legal and political landscape for years to come. | 06/27/13 17:47:09 By - By Michael Doyle

Uncertainty remains for same-sex couples in many states

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to strike down the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act means that the federal government can grant a vast array of benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in at least a dozen states. The ruling still leaves decisions on who’s married and who isn’t to the states. That creates uncertainty for same-sex couples who married in one state but live in any of at least three dozen states that don’t recognize their marriages. | 06/26/13 18:31:45 By - By Curtis Tate

Forty-four years after Stonewall, ‘it’s a whole different world’

When the cops arrived to raid the Stonewall Inn on the night of June 27, 1969, David Velasco Bermudez headed for the exits, but he couldn’t make his way through the crowded bar before getting hit in the neck by a policewoman swinging a billy club. | 06/26/13 20:07:19 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Cheers, a few jeers on Supreme Court steps for same-sex rulings

Kris Perry and Sandra Stier, the lesbian couple at the heart of the Supreme Court Proposition 8 case, raised their joined hands high as they exited the court Wednesday morning, as hundreds who’d gathered outside erupted into cheers. | 06/26/13 17:25:03 By - By Kate Irby

Same-sex marriage victory creates new challenges

The Supreme Court made history Wednesday with two victories for marriage equality, in California and nationwide. In a pair of highly anticipated decisions, the divided court effectively undercut California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. Separately, the court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies same-sex married couples federal benefits. Together, the rulings provide an emphatic, if incomplete, win for advocates of same-sex marriage. | 06/26/13 18:47:20 By - By Michael Doyle

Supreme Court strikes down key part of Defense of Marriage Act, dismisses Prop 8

The Supreme Court on Wednesday made history with two victories for marriage equality, both in California and nationwide. | 06/25/13 18:19:07 By - By Michael Doyle

After Supreme Court ruling on voting rights, now it’s Congress’ turn

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a centerpiece of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in a marked victory for Southern states and conservatives that also poses a steep challenge for Congress. | 06/25/13 19:05:36 By - By Michael Doyle and William Douglas

Private property advocates cheer Supreme Court ruling

A legal dispute that started with Florida wetlands ended Tuesday in a Supreme Court victory for conservatives and private property advocates nationwide. | 06/25/13 18:05:18 By - By Michael Doyle

Court sides with adoptive parents in test of Native American custody rights

A 27-month-old girl who lived with adoptive parents in South Carolina since her birth was handed over to a biological father she had never met in 2011. | 06/25/13 18:04:42 By - By Kate Irby

Giffords, Kelly embark on national tour to urge expanded background checks

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, will kick off a nationwide tour to push for expanded background checks for gun sales. | 06/25/13 13:09:20 By - Anita Kumar

Obama "deeply disappointed" in Supreme Court decision on voting rights act

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is "deeply disappointed" that the Supreme Court invalidated a key section of the Voting Rights Act requiring federal approval to change voting laws in places with a history of discrimination. | 06/25/13 13:08:50 By - Anita Kumar

Supreme Court strikes down key provision of Voting Rights Act

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a centerpiece of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, in a marked victory for conservatives and Southern states. | 06/25/13 10:30:54 By - Michael Doyle

Supreme Court sends affirmative action case back to lower court

Affirmative action in university admissions survives for now, under a Supreme Court ruling in a closely watched case that involves the University of Texas. In a 7-1 decision Monday that drew several liberal votes, justices directed a lower appellate court to examine more closely the University of Texas’ admissions policies that may take race into account. | 06/24/13 11:01:41 By - Michael Doyle

Supreme Court rejects Texas effort to gain access to Oklahoma water

Oklahoma beat Texas at the Supreme Court on Thursday in a cross-border contest over water for the Fort Worth area. | 06/13/13 16:59:41 By - By Michael Doyle

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