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.
Supreme Court agrees to take up Florida ban on judicial candidates asking for contributions – a rule that aims to protect the integrity of the courts. Lower courts are split on whether such a ban violates free speech rights.
US District Judge Ronald White said the IRS lacked the authority to enact a regulation that allows the federal government to provide tax credits to qualified health care policyholders through health care exchanges.
In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the Seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals voted to invalidate the two states' same-sex marriage bans, as well as measures barring recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states.