Tag: Supreme Court

Bishops urge U.S. Supreme Court not to redefine ‘sex’ in civil rights law

WASHINGTON | The chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees have urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to redefine “sex” in civil rights law, arguing this would change the definition of “a fundamental element of humanity that is the basis of the family and would threaten religious liberty.” Redefining “sex” in the law would be “an… Read more »

Supreme Court divided over federal protections for LGBT employees

WASHINGTON | On the second day of the Supreme Court’s new term, a divided court Oct. 8 heard oral arguments from three cases concerning protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts. At the end of the two hours, for two consolidated cases about fired gay employees and… Read more »

Religious liberty, discrimination and DACA highlight court’s new term

WASHINGTON | The upcoming Supreme Court term — which starts Oct. 7 — will offer plenty of cases that Catholics will be paying close attention to including: the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a number of religious liberty cases including a school-choice program in Montana and workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation… Read more »

Court allows administration to bar asylum-seekers for now

WASHINGTON | The Supreme Court issued an unsigned order late Sept. 11 that will temporarily allow the Trump administration to enforce its new rule preventing many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States, while the legal battle over this issue continues to work its way through the courts. The order temporarily reverses… Read more »

High court won’t hear states’ appeals over defunding Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON | Pro-life leaders said they were disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court declined Dec. 10 to hear appeals from Kansas and Louisiana on lower court rulings that have stopped the states from blocking Medicaid funds going to Planned Parenthood. “Complicated legal arguments don’t take away from the simple fact that a majority of Americans oppose… Read more »

Despite hearing’s drama, some say Kavanaugh won’t make major changes

WASHINGTON | The four days of Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh were as heated as the unusually high temperatures in Washington during this first week of September. A lot of the passion against the federal judge centered on concern that if Kavanaugh gets a seat on the Supreme Court, he… Read more »

Cardinal calls all to pray Supreme Court will move to protect life in law

WASHINGTON | New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called July 19 for a national prayer campaign effort that “the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.” “As… Read more »

If confirmed, Kavanaugh will keep Catholic majority in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON | When Brett Kavanaugh took to the podium July 9 at the White House after being introduced as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, he revealed, among other things, that his Catholic faith is a big part of his life. He spoke about coaching his daughter’s CYO basketball team, serving the homeless with a… Read more »

High court quashes ruling in case of detained teenager seeking abortion

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Supreme Court June 4 threw out a lower court’s ruling that allowed a 17-year-old last year to obtain an abortion while she was in a detention center after an illegal border crossing. If the Supreme Court had not acted, the lower court’s ruling could have set a precedent that would have… Read more »

High court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake case

WASHINGTON | In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case that put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom… Read more »