Supreme Court split on Obamacare subsidies

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Supreme Court split on Obamacare subsidies

As Supreme Court Weighs Health Law, G.O.P. Is Planning to Replace It. On the docket was King vs. WASHINGTON — The legal campaign to destroy President Obama’s health care law may be nearing its conclusion, but as the Supreme Court deliberates over the law’s fate, the search for a replacement by Republican lawmakers is finally gaining momentum. The lawsuit asserts that the 2010 law bars health insurance subsidies for residents of three dozen states that relied on the federal government to set up their individual health insurance exchanges rather than doing so themselves. But the prospects of legal victory have also raised practical and political fears that Republicans will take the blame ...

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments In King v. Burwell

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments In King v. Burwell

As Supreme Court Weighs Health Law, G.O.P. Is Planning to Replace It. On the docket was King vs. As the Supreme Court considers whether to restrict Obamacare subsidies, a new report seeks to refute the false perception that conservatives have not offered any credible alternatives. The lawsuit asserts that the 2010 law bars health insurance subsidies for residents of three dozen states that relied on the federal government to set up their individual health insurance exchanges rather than doing so themselves. But the prospects of legal victory have also raised practical and political fears that Republicans will take the blame for the health care crisis that would follow. If the plaintiffs prevail, ...

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Federal Court in Alabama Is Asked to Clear Way for Same-Sex Marriages

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Federal Court in Alabama Is Asked to Clear Way for Same-Sex Marriages

#LoveCantWait: Democrats push SCOTUS on marriage equality. ATLANTA — Lawyers for gay and civil rights groups on Friday asked a federal court in Mobile, Ala., to force the state’s probate judges to once again issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, three days after the Alabama Supreme Court ordered them to stop. President Obama’s winding path on same-sex marriage reached a major new milepost Friday when his administration told the Supreme Court that the Constitution does not allow states to prohibit gay couples from marrying. Supreme Court to rule that states cannot ban gay marriage. “These facially discriminatory laws impose concrete harms on same-sex couples and send the inescapable ...

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As Supreme Court Weighs Health Law, GOP Is Planning to Replace It

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As Supreme Court Weighs Health Law, GOP Is Planning to Replace It

As Supreme Court Weighs Health Law, G.O.P. Is Planning to Replace It. As the Supreme Court considers whether to restrict Obamacare subsidies, a new report seeks to refute the false perception that conservatives have not offered any credible alternatives. A leading tax expert says the Internal Revenue Service can, and likely will, let HealthCare.gov customers keep their Obamacare subsidies through the end of this year if the high court rules in June that those subsidies are illegal. But the prospects of legal victory have also raised practical and political fears that Republicans will take the blame for the health care crisis that would follow. And that six-month grace period in turn could ratchet ...

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Obama’s words in same-sex marriage filing to court is a major shift for him

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Obama’s words in same-sex marriage filing to court is a major shift for him

#LoveCantWait: Democrats push SCOTUS on marriage equality. President Obama’s winding path on same-sex marriage reached a major new milepost Friday when his administration told the Supreme Court that the Constitution does not allow states to prohibit gay couples from marrying. MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A group of civil rights organizations filed a motion Friday asking a federal judge to order Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and to add plaintiffs to a suit challenging the state’s gay-marriage ban. The motion filed in Mobile includes Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, the National Center ...

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Civil rights groups request statewide ruling on same-sex marriage in federal court

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Civil rights groups request statewide ruling on same-sex marriage in federal court

#LoveCantWait: Democrats push SCOTUS on marriage equality. Love can’t wait – at least not according to 167 members of the House and 44 members of the Senate who signed a “friend of the court” brief urging the Supreme Court to decide in favor of marriage equality for all couples. “Loving same-sex couples and their families deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and equality under the law,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a press statement. “Now is the time for the Supreme Court to affirm that every American has the right to marry the person they love.” In turn, Congressional Democrats began using the hashtag #LoveCantWait, a campaign started by the political lobbying ...

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Corporations to court: Same-sex marriage is good for business

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Corporations to court: Same-sex marriage is good for business

Civil rights groups file lawsuit over gay marriage denials in Alabama. Civil rights groups in Alabama on Friday asked a federal judge to order all 68 of the state’s probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite an order from the Alabama Supreme Court blocking the licenses.“These facially discriminatory laws impose concrete harms on same-sex couples and send the inescapable message that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families, unworthy of the recognition and benefits that opposite-sex couples take for granted,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli wrote in the brief. Although the administration has been supportive of gay marriage, the brief marks ...

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Gay rights supporters in Alabama turn to federal court

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Gay rights supporters in Alabama turn to federal court

5 Minnesota Mayors Urge SCOTUS To Support Marriage Equality. MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A group of civil rights organizations has filed a motion asking a federal judge to order Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to add plaintiffs to the suit challenging the state’s gay-marriage ban. The motion, filed by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center, follows a decision this week by the Alabama Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriages in the state.WASHINGTON — A wide spectrum of political, religious, and business groups – including the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots – filed legal briefs ...

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Gay Marriage Bans Are Unconstitutional, DOJ Tells Supreme Court

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Gay Marriage Bans Are Unconstitutional, DOJ Tells Supreme Court

5 Minnesota Mayors Urge SCOTUS To Support Marriage Equality. The motion, filed by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center, follows a decision this week by the Alabama Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriages in the state.“These facially discriminatory laws impose concrete harms on same-sex couples and send the inescapable message that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families, unworthy of the recognition and benefits that opposite-sex couples take for granted,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli wrote in the brief.WASHINGTON — A wide spectrum of political, religious, and business groups – including the Super ...

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Diverse groups tell Supreme Court they support same-sex marriage

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Diverse groups tell Supreme Court they support same-sex marriage

5 Minnesota Mayors Urge SCOTUS To Support Marriage Equality. Supreme Court to rule that states cannot ban gay marriage. “These facially discriminatory laws impose concrete harms on same-sex couples and send the inescapable message that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families, unworthy of the recognition and benefits that opposite-sex couples take for granted,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli wrote in the brief. Supreme Court weighs arguments for and against the rights of gays and lesbians to marry next month, gay- and civil-rights advocates, and their supporters from officials in states such as California, will have some unaccustomed company. The other three ...

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