Supreme Court takes close, contested look at lethal injection drug

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Exactly one year after a botched execution in Oklahoma, the Supreme Court took a close look at the effectiveness of a specific drug used in the state’s lethal injections to determine whether it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The April 29 oral arguments were at times bogged down by medical details and…

High court considers place of same-sex marriage in states that bar it

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The questions raised by Supreme Court justices as they considered April 28 whether they should rule that same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide covered a gamut of rights concerns — religious, equal protection, states’ ability to enact their own laws. In two and a half hours of oral arguments, the line…

Court’s pass on same-sex marriage rulings leaves plenty of questions

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When the Supreme Court declined to review the appeals on rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional, many people were left second-guessing why this happened and what it means for the future of same-sex marriages and bans on such marriages. The high court’s action — or more accurately, inaction — gave…

Court’s pass on same-sex marriage rulings leaves plenty of questions

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When the Supreme Court declined to review the appeals on rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional, many people were left second-guessing why this happened and what it means for the future of same-sex marriages and bans on such marriages. The high court’s action — or more accurately, inaction — gave…

Court declines to review rulings overturning same-sex marriage bans

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Rulings that overturned state bans on same-sex marriage in five states will be allowed to take effect, after the Supreme Court Oct. 6 declined to consider appeals of seven lower court rulings that such prohibitions are unconstitutional. Another half-dozen states in the same appellate court jurisdictions also are likely to begin allowing…

About those High Court decisions …

As they do each year, the U.S. Supreme Court releases its decisions at the end of June. This year is of particular interest were the religious freedom cases of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby and Burwell vs. Conestoga Woods. On June 30, at the eleventh hour, the Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga…

Religious rights law being tested in ways not foreseen

The Supreme Court Nov. 26 will consider whether to accept one or more of four cases it’s being asked to review that deal with faith-based objections to provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Part of what’s at stake is a couple of centuries’ worth of history for the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment,…

What’s on Supreme Court docket and what may wait

 Oct. 11, 2013, edition The Supreme Court’s docket for the term beginning Oct. 7 is notable — from the perspective of the Catholic Church — for a handful of cases accepted or in the pipeline that would refine previous rulings on free speech, public prayer and the Affordable Care Act. The docket so far lacks…