Richard Wolf

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Justice Scalia eulogized at funeral Mass as man of faith and man of law

February 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justice’s Catholicism was hailed at the liturgy, celebrated by his son, a priest, who also joked about his father’s reputation as a controversial jurist.

Justice Scalia’s funeral set for Saturday

February 16, 2016

He will lie in repose Friday at the U.S. Supreme Court before the funeral at the nation’s largest Roman Catholic Church.

How Scalia’s death affects key cases before the Supreme Court this year

February 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — A 4-4 split on the court would impact rulings on abortion, immigration, voting rights, the Obamacare contraception mandate and more.

Lengthy battle over Scalia replacement expected

February 13, 2016

WASHINGTON – With eight justices, the court risks deadlock on important issues such as abortion and immigration, not to mention affirmative action, voting rights and public employee unions.

Supreme Court will wade back into abortion debate

November 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — The justices will decide whether tough new restrictions placed on abortion clinics and doctors in Texas constitute an “undue burden” on women seeking legal abortions and should be struck down.

Supreme Court faces new challenges to Obamacare’s ‘contraceptive mandate’

October 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is about to climb back into Americans’ bedrooms.

Ben Carson wants abortion outlawed, even in cases of rape or incest

October 25, 2015

Mothers should not have the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, Carson said, just as slave owners did not have the right to do whatever they wanted to their slaves.

Supreme Court says Kentucky clerk can’t deny same-sex marriage licenses

August 31, 2015

WASHINGTON – The ruling, made without comment or any apparent dissents, is an early indication that while some push-back against gay marriage on religious grounds may be upheld, the justices won’t tolerate it from public officials.

Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States Friday in a closely divided ruling that will stand as a milestone in its 226-year history.

Supreme Court: US passports must say ‘Jerusalem,’ not ‘Israel’

June 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — The status of Jerusalem has been at the top of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ever since Israel was recognized in 1948. The official U.S. policy is spelled out in a State Department manual: “For a person born in Jerusalem, write JERUSALEM as the place of birth in the passport. Do not write Israel, Jordan or West Bank.”

Supreme Court boosts workers who claim religious bias

June 1, 2015

WASHINGTON – The decision was a defeat for preppy clothier Abercrombie & Fitch, which refused to hire a Muslim girl in 2008 because she was wearing a black hijab, or head scarf.

The new normal: Lessons from Massachusetts on gay marriage — and divorce

May 19, 2015

As the Supreme Court wrestles with the legalization of gay marriage, the Massachusetts couples who successfully challenged their state’s ban on gay marriage in 2003 are juggling work and retirement, raising kids who turn down Ivy League colleges and holding joyful family reunions.

Gay marriage fight centers on what’s best for the kids

April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Some studies show that children raised in same-sex households fare no worse than those raised by mothers and fathers. Others say the differences are stark.

5 arguments to watch as the Supreme Court considers gay marriage

April 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — From judicial precedent to whether heterosexuals make better parents for children, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider five major arguments when they consider gay marriage next week.

Lonely widower takes lead in landmark gay marriage case

April 13, 2015

CINCINNATI — “It isn’t about the money,” Obergefell said. “John’s final record as an Ohioan — as an American — deserves to be accurate. And our marriage — our legal marriage — deserves respect.”

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