Supreme Court hears argument on charged Obamacare case

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The Supreme Court, taking up a closely watched challenge to Obamacare, wrestled Tuesday with whether for-profit companies have a right to religious freedom and can invoke it to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives.

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Proposition 8 backers petition Supreme Court to block gay marriages in California

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The legal team behind Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban, on Saturday filed an emergency motion asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a flurry of weddings that began weeks before many thought possible because of a surprising federal appeals court ruling.

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Bert and Ernie mark DOMA decision on New Yorker cover

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In a nod to this week’s landmark Supreme Court decisions regarding same-sex marriage, the striking new cover of The New Yorker features famous “are they or aren’t they” couple Bert and Ernie of “Sesame Street” snuggled up on the couch watching the news on television.

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Rainbow colors: San Francisco City Hall marks historic gay marriage court rulings

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Rainbow-colored lights illuminated City Hall in San Francisco on Wednesday evening after the United States Supreme Court ruled on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The court handed significant victories to gay rights advocates in both cases, but fell short of issuing a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage.  — Reuters

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DOMA’s downfall completes military’s swift 180 on gay troops — or does it?

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On the surface it looks like the American armed forces have executed a stunning reversal on the issue of gay troops in just 21 months — the time spanning the end of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ and the Defense of Marriage Act, struck down Wednesday by the Supreme Court. 

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Intern goes viral in Supreme Court ‘foot race’ video

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NBC legal correspondent Pete Williams broke the news about the historic Supreme Court decision on gay marriage on Wednesday within minutes after justices issued their ruling, thanks to one intern’s fast and fancy footwork.

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Photo: Mila Mimica / NBC Washington Gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court at sunrise in Washington on Wednesday.

(Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) President Obama calls from Air Force One to the couple that brought Prop 8 (Photo: Kelly O'Donnell / NBC News)

BREAKING: Supreme Court rules that Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional

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In a landmark ruling for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law blocking federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down a key part of 1965 Voting Rights Act

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a civil rights law that requires some states to get federal permission to change their voting rules, but it struck down the formula for which jurisdictions are covered — leaving it to Congress to redraw the map.

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Supreme Court justices raise bar for affirmative action in college admissions

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By a 7-1 vote, justices rule lower court had not held University of Texas to a “demanding burden of strict scrutiny,” sends case brought by Abigail Fisher, right, back to lower court for review.

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Has the Supreme Court reached a decision?

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The Supreme Court of the United States

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NBC News is teaming up with SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein as part of our real-time coverage of the Supreme Court’s orders and opinions, led by NBC’s Justice Correspondent Pete Williams. SCOTUSblog’s liveblog of orders from the high court will begin a little before 9:30 a.m. ET with reporting on rulings starting 10 a.m. ET.

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11 key moments from the argument over the Defense of Marriage Act

The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared highly skeptical of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that blocks federal recognition of gay marriages, according to courtroom observers.

Here are 11 key moments from the arguments, which followed Tuesday’s session on California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The two cases could reshape the legal status of hundreds of thousands of gay couples.

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