Supreme Court sides with lesbian mother in adoption case

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Washington (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled that Alabama’s top court went too far when it tried to upend a lesbian mother’s adoption of her partner’s children.

The justices threw out a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court in a dispute between two women whose long-term relationship ended bitterly.

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Supreme Court hears historic same-sex marriage arguments

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy joined conservative colleagues in asking skeptical questions April 21 as the high court heard historic arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Kennedy, whose vote is seen as pivotal, said marriage has been understood as one man and one woman for “millennia-plus time.” He said same-sex marriage has been debated in earnest for only about 10 years, and he wondered aloud whether scholars and the public need more time.

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Demonstrators gather outside Supreme Court for gay marriage cases

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Washington (AP) — Demonstrators on both sides of the gay marriage debate are gathered in front of the Supreme Court, where justices on April 28 are hearing arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

Some are waving gay rights banners. Others are carrying signs proclaiming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. One sign read, “Homo sex is a sin.”

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Mississippi justices dislike delay in gay divorce ruling

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Two Mississippi Supreme Court justices say the court should find the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and not wait for a gay marriage ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Feb. 26’s 26-page statement, written by Justice Leslie D. King and joined by Justice James Kitchens, was attached to an order by a six-member court majority.

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New high court look at gay marriage? Now legal in 36 states

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the chances the justices soon will settle the legal debate.

Some justices expressed reluctance about deciding the issue when more than half the country prohibited same-sex unions. With Florida joining in this week, 36 states allow them, nearly twice as many as just three months ago.

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Supreme Court adds same-sex marriage to Sept. 29 agenda

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices’ agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.

The action Sept. 10 does not mean that the court will decide that day to hear state appeals of lower court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. But the late September conference will be the first time the justices have the issue before them. The meeting will be the justices’ first since late June.

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32 states ask Supreme Court to settle gay marriage

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BOSTON (AP) — Thirty-two states that either allow gay marriage or have banned it asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 4 to settle the issue once and for all.

Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn bans. And 17 other states, led by Colorado, that have banned the practice asked the court to hear cases from Utah and Oklahoma to clear up a “morass” of lawsuits, but didn’t urge the court to rule one way or another.

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US Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay therapy ban

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to California’s law that bars mental counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

The justices on June 30 let stand an appeals court ruling that said the state’s ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn’t violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.

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