Supreme Court of the United States

These are the latest news cases from the Supreme Court of the United States regarding pro-life and family issues, religious persecution, and other topics affecting the Catholic Church.

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Could a US priest face jail for refusing to break confession seal?

Jan 21, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit... Read more

Beard meets religious freedom in distinctive Court decision

Jan 20, 2015

By Matt Hadro

In a rare unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Muslim prisoner in Arkansas must be allowed... Read more

Participants in the 2014 March for Marriage stand outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., June 19, 2014.

Brace yourselves: same-sex marriage ruling coming this Supreme Court term

Jan 16, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide this term if same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide, the judicial body... Read more

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Which way to church? Supreme Court weighs directions for roadside signs

Jan 14, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court is scrutinizing an Arizona town’s restrictions on church signs that critics say intentionally discriminate against houses... Read more

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Supreme indecision on marriage redefinition

Oct 10, 2014

Following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s stay on a “gay marriage” court decision in Idaho, marriage advocates are imploring the Supreme Court... Read more

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'Decisive' role of marriage in focus as Court declines cases

Oct 6, 2014

The Supreme Court’s decision not to review defense of marriage appeals by five states has been met with disappointment, along... Read more

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Supreme Court asked to defend Seal of Confession in La. case

Sep 6, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan... Read more

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Federal judge strikes down Colo. marriage defense amendment

Jul 24, 2014

A federal judge ruled Wednesday against Colorado’s marriage defense amendment, leading the state attorney general to say the case will... Read more

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Supreme Court grants college injunction against HHS mandate

Jul 7, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court granted an injunction to Wheaton College on Thursday, temporarily exempting the Christian college from federal mandates... Read more

Supporters hold 'Women for Religious Freedom' signs outside of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. on March 25, 2014.

Wave of religious freedom rulings follows Supreme Court decision

Jul 2, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

In the days following a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom in the workplace, several lower courts have issued decisions... Read more

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Supreme Court upholds religious freedom for Hobby Lobby

Jun 30, 2014

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar employers cannot be forced to comply with... Read more

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Supreme Court's abortion clinic ruling hailed as win for women

Jun 26, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

A unanimous Supreme Court decision striking down a 35-foot buffer zone around Massachusetts abortion clinics is being praised as a... Read more

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Supreme Court unanimously rejects abortion clinic buffer zones

Jun 26, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts state law that imposed a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics,... Read more

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Supreme Court okays pro-life challenge to Ohio election speech law

Jun 17, 2014

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the Susan B. Anthony List has standing to challenge an Ohio law allowing... Read more

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Supreme Court upholds freedom to pray at public meetings

May 5, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on May 5 upheld the practice of voluntary prayer before public meetings by a 5-4 ruling,... Read more

Elaine Huguenin, co-owner of Elane Photography in Albuquerque, N.M. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom.

Supreme Court declines to hear religious freedom photography case

Apr 8, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to weigh in on a case involving a small Christian-owned photography business that... Read more

Women chant in the snow in support of religious liberty outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., March 25, 2014.

Women rally outside Supreme Court for religious liberty

Mar 26, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Women supporting employers challenging the government's contraception spoke out in support of a vision of women's equality that supports fertility... Read more

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Supreme Court justices divided on HHS mandate argument

Mar 25, 2014

As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments touching on religious freedom and for-profit companies Tuesday, the justices seemed divided over... Read more

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Contraception mandate case argued at US Supreme Court

Mar 25, 2014

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a challenge to the Affordable Care Act touching on the federal government’s... Read more

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Hobby Lobby draws wide breadth of support in mandate case

Jan 29, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Hundreds of individuals and groups from a broad range of religious and political backgrounds have filed briefs supporting the owners... Read more