Wednesday, June 26 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-06-26 14:45:48 GMT
(RNN) - Counsel arguing against California's Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court cited the precedent of Loving v. Virginia, a civil rights case decided 46 years ago that legalized interracial marriage. MildredMore >>
Counsel arguing against California's Proposition 8 cited the precedent of Loving v. Virginia, a civil rights case decided 46 years ago that legalized interracial marriage.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 1:54 AM EST2013-12-07 06:54:36 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) – The unemployment rate has fallen to 7 percent on Friday, the lowest level in five years. But while the strengthening economy is good news politically for President Barack Obama,More >>
Many working American are still feeling the pinch despite a strengthening economy.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 3:29 PM EST2013-12-04 20:29:58 GMT
(CNN) - A revamped federal healthcare website has helped enroll 29,000 Americans in insurance plans over the past several days, a source familiar with the numbers said on Wednesday. The number is higherMore >>
The updated Obamacare website has garnered a few more users, according to sources familiar with the numbers.More >>
Sunday, November 10 2013 7:00 AM EST2013-11-10 12:00:14 GMT
(RNN) - Forced budget cuts, or sequestration, will take food from mouths as well as money from the pockets of the working poor as U.S. poverty are projected to increase to levels unseen since 1960. ExpertsMore >>
The number of families in poverty may increase as constantly changing political issues and talking points don't include and focus on America's impoverished population.More >>
Tuesday, November 5 2013 6:06 PM EST2013-11-05 23:06:29 GMT
(CNN) – The Obama administration wanted to have 800,000 people enrolled under the new healthcare law by the end of this month. Obamacare official Marilyn Tavenner revealed that information to a SenateMore >>
The Obama administration wanted 800,000 people enrolled in the health care plan by the end of November, says on official. More >>
(RNN) –The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
"DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty," the decision reads.
The court also declined to rule on Proposition 8 - a California law banning same sex marriages - and sent it back to the Ninth Circuit appellate court with instructions for dismissal, effectively making the law invalid.
The justices cited their lack of jurisdiction in their decision as well as lack of legal standing for the proponents of Proposition 8.
"These loving couples and couples like them throughout California now will be able to get married," said David Boeis, who argued against Prop. 8.
The court did not rule on the issue of gay marriage, just the law that affects California.
"I think this a rejection of the voters of California," said Tony Perkins of the conservative organization Family Research Council. "They've completely ignored them."
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the court's opinion on the DOMA decision. The opinion applies to those already married in states that have laws allowing same-sex unions.
"The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others."
Dissenting justices are Chief Justice John Roberts, Antontin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Scalia read his lengthy dissent to the court.
Roberts delivered the court's opinion on Prop. 8. The Supreme Court reached its decision because the people with a legal right to defend the law - state lawmakers - declined to do so in court.
"Federal courts have authority under the Constitution to answer such questions only if necessary to do so in the course of deciding an actual 'case' or 'controversy,'" the opinion read. "As used in the Constitution, those words do not include every sort of dispute, but only those 'historically viewed as capable of resolution through the judicial process.' This is an essential limit on our power. It ensures that we act as judges, and do not engage in policymaking properly left to elected representatives."
Signed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, DOMA says "the word ‘marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife," and the term "'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex."
President Clinton now speaks in favor of same sex marriages and champions DOMA's repeal.
"As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution," Clinton said earlier this year.
Hundreds of people on both sides of the gay marriage debate began assembling outside the Supreme Court Building on Wednesday morning to voice their opposition or support for the current laws.
A Pew Research poll conducted in May shows that 51 percent of Americans support gay marriage and that opponents saw the legalization of same-sex marriage as inevitable.
Hearings on the arguments for the two cases originally took place March 26 and 27.
There are 12 states where gay marriage is or will soon become legal: New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Iowa, Washington and Minnesota, as well as Washington, DC.
The case of United Statesv. Windsor argues for equal protection of rights for couples legally married in states that recognize same-sex marriages. The case seeks to protect those couples if after marriage they reside in a state that "deprives same-sex couples who are lawfully married under the laws of their states (such as New York) of the equal protection of law, as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment."
The state of California - along with Colorado, Illinois, Hawaii and New Jersey - allows legal civil unions. These states are some of the earliest in the U.S. to have such arrangements for same-sex couples.
California's Proposition 8, voted into law in November 2008, enforces the same principle on the state level - banning marriage for same-sex couples. The decision was made in the voting booth, and since its inception it has been challenged.
The rest of the United States' laws on gay marriage vary from either a county-to-county basis to statewide bans, with many states having longstanding bans and referendums on the books since the early to mid-1990s.
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Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, declines ruling on Prop 8More>>
The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. The court also declined to rule on Proposition 8 - a California law banning same sex marriages.More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. The court also declined to rule on Proposition 8 - a California law banning same sex marriages - and sent it back to the Ninth Circuit appellate court with instructions for dismissal, effectively making the law invalid.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 1:25 PM EST2013-12-09 18:25:53 GMT
Police officials say a thief who was trying to run away from an officer at a Christmas parade was apprehended by members of a SWAT team. The Mount Pleasant Police Department arrested 30-year-old FrederickMore >>
Police officials say a thief who was trying to get away from a police officer at a Christmas parade was apprehended by members of a SWAT team. The Mount Pleasant Police Department arrested 30-year-old Frederick Gathers. More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 12:31 PM EST2013-12-09 17:31:32 GMT
Three men accused in an armed robbery at a Mount Pleasant cell phone store in 2010 were sentenced on Friday. The Mount Pleasant Police Department says 26-year-old Jarret Eric Graddick was sentenced toMore >>
Three men accused in an armed robbery at a Mount Pleasant cell phone store in 2010 were sentenced on Friday.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:55 PM EST2013-12-09 22:55:28 GMT
There have been two break-ins at the Lowcountry Orphan Relief this month, according to officials at the center.A spokesperson says the latest attempted break-in happened over the weekend.The center isMore >>
There have been two break-ins at the Lowcountry Orphan Relief this month, according to officials at the center. A spokesperson says the latest attempted break-in happened over the weekend.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:47 PM EST2013-12-09 22:47:13 GMT
Authorities say they are on the scene of a meth lab in Ladson. According to officials, the incident is in the area of the 1000 block of Harrison Road. Stay with www.Live5News.com for more information.More >>
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Monday, December 9 2013 5:46 PM EST2013-12-09 22:46:22 GMT
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office Selective Traffic Unit is investigating a hit and run involving a pedestrian that occurred in the area of Plainview Road in West Ashley Sunday morning. AccordingMore >>
Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say they have found a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run early Sunday morning that killed a 22-year-old man. The victim, 22-year-old Forrest Carlton, died just after 1 p.m. Sunday at MUSC.More >>
Mount pleasant has a new option for people looking for health care. In October, Blue Cross Blue Shield's retail store opened their doors.For those signing up during open enrollment under the new AffordableMore >>
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Monday, December 9 2013 4:51 PM EST2013-12-09 21:51:36 GMT
The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office says a fugitive wanted since 2005 was located by investigators in New York. According to the sheriff's office, the U.S. Marshal New York/New Jersey Regional TaskMore >>
The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office says a fugitive wanted since 2005 was located by investigators in New York. According to the sheriff's office, the U.S. Marshal New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force arrested Joseph Blakely Jones this past Wednesday.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 4:18 PM EST2013-12-09 21:18:00 GMT
Summerville Police Department early morning Sunday residence at Weber Road on Summerville A police officer responded to Summerville Medical Center for a report of a 30-year-old man with a gunshot wound.More >>
Authorities are investigating a Sunday morning shooting outside a Summerville home that injured one person. A police officer with the Summerville Police Department responded to Summerville Medical Center for a report of a 30-year-old man with a gunshot wound.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 1:08 PM EST2013-12-09 18:08:45 GMT
The investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division into ethics complaints against Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell is now being reviewed by the state's attorney general, according to Harrell'sMore >>
The investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division into ethics complaints against Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell is now being reviewed by the state's attorney general, according to Harrell's spokesman.More >>
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