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Gay Marriage

Looking back at Romer, a key Supreme Court decision about gay rights

May 20, 2019 By NCC Staff

On May 20, 1996, the Supreme Court issued an early landmark decision supporting the right of gays under the Constitution to seek protection from discrimination.

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. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s new constitutional dilemma

December 5, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Over the years, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has become the Supreme Court’s most energetic defender of gay rights, one of its true devotees to free speech,   and a sympathetic defender of religious believers.  Now, a lengthy hearing before the Justices on Tuesday showed, he has to find a way to reconcile all three.

Supreme Court doesn’t clarify married same-sex couples’ rights

December 4, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Amid a sharp dispute about its power to rule on a new case on same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court refused on Monday to clarify when those couples have a right to government-provided benefits.

Can the public now watch the famous same-sex marriage trial?

April 30, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A San Francisco radio and TV station wants a videotape recording of the full “Proposition 8” trial in 2010 released publicly, claiming the Constitution’s First Amendment supports public access to that video record. 

Podcast: The Fourteenth Amendment and equality under the law

November 3, 2016 By NCC Staff

Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Earl Maltz of Rutgers University discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach abortion, same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and more.

Before Obergefell, there was Goodridge: The birth of same-sex marriage in America

May 17, 2016 By Nicandro Iannacci

On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage.

Constitution Check: Where does the gay rights movement go next?

December 22, 2015 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at developments in bringing same-sex couples equal rights in the workplace and in education.

Dred Scott gets a brief moment in the national spotlight

September 11, 2015 By NCC Staff

A lot of topics crop up when people argue about politics and Supreme Court decisions, but the historic 1857 Dred Scott decision about slavery usually isn’t one of them.

Constitution Check: Did the Supreme Court take away states’ power over marriage?

September 8, 2015 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at remarks made by a Tennessee judge that his court lacked the power to decide a divorce case because of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision.

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