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When the Supreme Court ruled to allow American flag burning

June 21, 2018 By NCC Staff

On June 21, 1989, a deeply divided United States Supreme Court upheld the rights of protesters to burn the American flag in a landmark First Amendment decision.

The partisan gerrymander dispute goes on

June 18, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court, showing once again its reluctance to take a bold step to put some limits on the decades-long practice of “partisan gerrymandering,” voted on Monday to keep the courthouse doors open to challenging the practice and edged a bit closer to a definition of the constitutional harm it may cause.

Florida man gets second victory at the Supreme Court

June 18, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Fane Lozman, a Florida man at the center of a local political dispute, who had already won at the Court in a high-profile 2013 case.

Supreme Court’s mixed decision on the polling place clothing case

June 18, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Last week, a divided Supreme Court said a Minnesota law barring political clothing within polling places is unconstitutional, but it left a door open that could result in specific apparel bans at the polls.

The history of legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance

June 14, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States' flag has been part of American life for generations, but not without some constitutional controversy.

Are the Justices ready for another gay wedding case?

June 7, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court will soon show how eager – or how hesitant – it is to move ahead in defining the government’s power to give gay and lesbian couples equal rights as consumers in America’s marketplace – at least when they go shopping for wedding services.

The Supreme Court’s polling place dress-code case

June 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Does the First Amendment protect messages on clothing people wear when casting their votes at polling places? That’s a complicated question the Supreme Court will answer sometime this month.

Trump appeals Twitter ruling, unblocks plaintiffs

June 5, 2018 By NCC Staff

The Justice Department, as expected, will appeal a federal district court ruling about President Donald Trump’s Twitter habits.

A limited start on gay couples’ marital rights

June 4, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Three years after finding a constitutional right for gay and lesbian couples to get married, the Supreme Court chose on Monday to take a cautious path in spelling out how much protection their marital choice will get from government. 

Supreme Court rules for baker in wedding-cake dispute

June 4, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

A divided Supreme Court said on Monday that a Colorado baker and cake artist was wrongly censored by the state of Colorado for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding party.

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