Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told justices Monday that if the court allowed American citizens born in the disputed city of Jerusalem to list 'Israel' on their US passports, it would undercut the credibility of the US to serve as honest brokers in Mideast peace efforts.
State Department policy has been to designate the place of birth as “Jerusalem” – not “Israel” – in all passports for American newborns in that city in order to preserve US credibility as an honest broker in Arab-Israeli peace talks.
The judge in Maine on Friday rejected a request by state officials that the movements of nurse Kaci Hickox be restricted. The order he issued will remain in effect pending the outcome of a full hearing that must be held within 10 days.
Kansas officials say they are not bound by a Supreme Court decision that allowed federal court rulings in support of same-sex marriage to stand. They will defend the state's ban on gay marriage in a court hearing.
A federal judge in Arizona has struck down that state’s gay marriage ban, and the US Supreme Court has turned away a request by Alaska officials seeking a stay of a federal court ruling striking down that state’s ban.
In an emergency application filed Wednesday, the groups' lawyers said the law would lead to 'massive confusion' among voters and would disenfranchise a disproportionate number of African-American and Latino voters.
The US Supreme Court’s order comes less than a month before the midterm elections, with North Carolina in the midst of a tight Senate race. Last week, an appeals court panel had blocked two of the voting measures.
Kennedy issued an emergency stay Wednesday blocking enforcement of a judicial mandate that required same-sex marriages to begin this morning in Idaho and Nevada. He later issued a clarification that the stay applied only to Idaho – allowing marriages to go ahead in Nevada.
The day after the Supreme Court declined to take up same-sex marriage cases, effectively legalizing it in 11 states, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans in Idaho and Nevada. Gay marriage is now, or soon will be, legal in 35 states.
Some analysts sorting through the tea leaves say the high court’s decision Monday not to take up a same-sex marriage case suggests that the four conservative justices could not be sure Justice Kennedy – the potential deciding vote – would join them.
In a surprise twist, the US Supreme Court chose not to review lower court rulings on gay marriage. Same-sex marriage is now legal in five states where appeals courts have struck down bans, with six more states soon to follow.
On Thursday, the high court agreed to hear the case to examine whether a job applicant must give explicit notice to a would-be employer of any potential request for a religious accommodation – such as wearing a Muslim headscarf at work.
The court will take up the matter of 'disparate bias' in a case that alleges that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs excluded minorities from Dallas suburbs by concentrating its affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods.