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Sep 9, 2014

Wisconsin, Indiana ask U.S. justices to hear gay marriage cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The states of Wisconsin and Indiana on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold their respective bans on gay marriage.

Both states filed petitions with the court in an effort to get the cases before the nine justices as soon as possible. The justices are due to meet on Sept. 29 to consider what new cases to take up for the coming term, which begins in October and ends in June.

Sep 5, 2014

U.S. court rejects gay-marriage bans as ‘implausible’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court judge known for his outspoken views described arguments by Wisconsin and Indiana defending bans on gay marriage as “totally implausible” on Thursday, in a ruling in favor of same-sex couples.

Judge Richard Posner, appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981, wrote the unanimous decision on behalf of a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled against the bans.

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. court invalidates Indiana, Wisconsin gay marriage bans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled that bans against gay marriage in the states of Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution.

The three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously against the bans and in favor of same-sex couples, just over a week after hearing oral arguments in the two different cases.

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. appeals court to reconsider Obamacare subsidies case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday agreed to reconsider a July 22 ruling that posed a major setback to the Obamacare health insurance overhaul because it could limit the availability of federal health insurance subsidies for millions of people.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said it would hear new oral arguments in the case on Dec. 17, which could delay possible U.S. Supreme Court consideration of the issue. The appeals court threw out the original ruling.

Sep 3, 2014

Gay marriage cases await early decision by U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for the state of Utah believe they have the perfect case for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide once and for all the hotly-contested legal rights issue of whether states can ban gay marriage.

But so do lawyers in Virginia and Oklahoma, setting the scene for the high court to take the crucial first step as soon as Sept. 30 on which gay marriage case or cases the nine justices will hear during their next term starting on Oct. 6.

Aug 27, 2014

Gay marriage advocates ask top U.S. court to strike down state bans

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – In a bold legal move, gay
marriage advocates are urging the U.S. Supreme Court in three
pending cases to decide once and for all whether states can ban
same-sex unions.

Gay and lesbian plaintiffs won before appeals courts in
cases involving bans in Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma, and lawyers
for those states have already asked the justices to take up
their appeals. Lawyers defending the bans contend that the U.S.
Constitution gives the states the role of defining marriage.

Aug 27, 2014

Gay marriage advocates to urge top court to strike down state bans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a bold legal move that few litigants try, gay marriage advocates plan to urge the U.S. Supreme Court in three pending cases across the country to decide once and for all whether states can ban same-sex unions.

Gay and lesbian plaintiffs won before appeals courts in cases involving bans in Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma, and lawyers for those states have already asked the justices to take up their appeals. Lawyers defending the bans contend that the U.S. Constitution gives the states the role of defining marriage.

Aug 26, 2014

Philip Morris ordered to defend fraud suit over U.S. military vendors

WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on
Tuesday revived a lawsuit against Philip Morris USA Inc that
claims the tobacco company defrauded the federal government by
failing to sell cigarettes to military vendors at the lowest
price.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit said that a lower court judge should not have dismissed
the lawsuit by Anthony Oliver, the president and CEO of
Medallion Brands International Co, another cigarette company.

Aug 20, 2014

Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban.

The court granted a stay application filed by opponents of gay marriage. The action was not a ruling on the merits of gay marriage, but means a July 28 pro-gay marriage ruling by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not be implemented while litigation continues.

Aug 18, 2014

Advocates urge U.S. Supreme Court not to block gay marriage in Virginia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Gay marriage supporters on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to block a court ruling that would allow same-sex couples to wed in Virginia.

Lawyers for gay and lesbian couples who want to get married urged U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts not to grant an emergency stay application filed by a Republican elected official in Northern Virginia.