Supreme Court Argument on Proposition 8 Strongly Suggests There is No Majority to Rule on the Merits

On the tenth anniversary of its oral argument in Lawrence v. Texas, the historic 2003 ruling striking down laws against consensual gay sex, the U.S. Supreme Court took up the contentious issue of same-sex marriage on March 26, 2013, having granted a petition by four of the proponents of Proposition 8 to review the lower courts’ rulings that the California anti-same-sex marriage constitutional amendment (adopted by voters in 2008) violates the  Equal Protection Clause of … <Read More>

Supreme Court Will Hear Dispute of HIV Prevention Funding Requirements

The Supreme Court announced that it will review the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Alliance for an Open Society International, Inc. v. U.S. Agency for International Development, 651 F.3d 218 (2011), en banc review denied, 678 F.3d 127 (2012), which held that the federal government probably violated the 1st Amendment rights of the plaintiff agencies by conditioning their receipt of funding under the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003 … <Read More>