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Apr 28, 2015

Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – If the U.S. Constitution
covers a right to same-sex marriage, conservative Supreme Court
justices asked on Tuesday, would clergy be exempted from
performing such marriages or religious colleges spared from
offering housing to gay couples?

Those questions during the court’s historic arguments on
whether to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide underscored the
ongoing clash between gay rights and religious liberties
occurring in America.

Apr 26, 2015

Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s
arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than
two decades of litigation and a transformation in public
attitudes.

Based on the court’s actions during the past two years, a
sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the
verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide.

Apr 16, 2015

Insight – As U.S. gay-marriage battle looms, attorneys fight over fees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As a historic constitutional showdown over gay marriage looms this month at the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys are fighting over another bitterly disputed issue: their fees.

The battles over billables are erupting far from the Washington, D.C., limelight, in lower courts from West Virginia to Wisconsin and Oklahoma. They pit lawyers representing gay couples who challenged same-sex marriage bans against the states that had enacted the laws.

Apr 16, 2015

As U.S. gay-marriage battle looms, attorneys fight over fees

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – As a historic
constitutional showdown over gay marriage looms this month at
the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys are fighting over another
bitterly disputed issue: their fees.

The battles over billables are erupting far from the
Washington, D.C., limelight, in lower courts from West Virginia
to Wisconsin and Oklahoma. They pit lawyers representing gay
couples who challenged same-sex marriage bans against the states
that had enacted the laws.

Mar 31, 2015

Prominent gay rights advocate to argue landmark U.S. marriage case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers advocating for a right to gay marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Tuesday they had chosen Mary Bonauto, a longtime champion of gay legal rights, to argue the landmark case on April 28.

The choice of Bonauto, a litigator with the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and an architect of legal strategy for gay unions since the early 1990s, was made after weeks of jockeying by lawyers and negotiations among challengers to bans on gay marriage in four states.

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. gay rights advocates near decision on top lawyers for landmark case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Less than a month before the U.S.
Supreme Court hears their historic case, lawyers for gay couples
from four states with bans on same-sex marriage are close to
finally resolving which of them will argue before the justices.

Intense negotiations peaked in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on
Sunday when contenders involved met for the legal equivalent of
a bakeoff, and sources close to the talks said an announcement
was likely to come on Tuesday.

Mar 4, 2015

Roberts, Obamacare’s savior in 2012, seems inscrutable this time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in 2012 to beat back the first major challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, kept his cards close on Wednesday.

And the man who occupies the center chair on the Supreme Court’s mahogany bench and often dominates arguments seemed to remain deliberately inscrutable.

Feb 20, 2015

For Obamacare challengers, a Supreme Court case built for speed

WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court case
that could shatter President Barack Obama’s healthcare law this
year was launched as a backup plan by a libertarian group and a
powerful Washington lawyer frustrated by the slow progress of
their original lawsuit.

Their success in persuading the court to take the
ideologically driven case owes to a combination of canny legal
tactics and the willingness of at least four justices to hear it
in unusually swift time. Oral arguments are set for March 4.

Dec 8, 2014

Special Report: At U.S. court of last resort, handful of lawyers dominate docket

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The marble façade of the U.S. Supreme Court building proclaims a high ideal: “Equal Justice Under Law.”

But inside, an elite cadre of lawyers has emerged as first among equals, giving their clients a disproportionate chance to influence the law of the land.

Oct 6, 2014

Why no gay marriage cases? U.S. top court, Kennedy hard to predict

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Last summer, when asked how
the U.S. Supreme Court might resolve the same-sex marriage
dilemma, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg emphasized the potentially
important yet unknown views of swing vote Justice Anthony
Kennedy.

The court’s senior liberal told Reuters in an interview that
she would not hazard a prediction.

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      "Joan Biskupic is editor in charge, Legal Affairs, for Reuters. She has reported on the Supreme Court since 1989. Her new book is "Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice.""
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