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Gay Marriage

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. 

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

May 20, 2018 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.

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.

Podcast: Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

January 28, 2016 By NCC Staff

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers listener questions about citizenship, gun rights, same-sex marriage, and more.

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.

Podcast: When religious liberty conflicts with LGBT rights, who wins?

September 24, 2015 By NCC Staff

Kristina Arriaga of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Greg Lipper of Americans United for Separation of Church and State discuss the Kim Davis saga and two competing bills in Congress.

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