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Response filed in U.S. Supreme Court by The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of petitions for certioriai each year, and hears only a small fraction of them. The nine justices regularly hold conferences to determine which cases merit further review, and a decision on the South Carolina petition is expected to come before the end of June. If the court chooses not to grant certiorari, no further appeals are possible.

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An image from the past: Thurgood Marshall and the Reverend M. Moran Weston

The New York Times, during Black History Month, is publishing images from its archives that have never been published before, and today’s captured a bit of Episcopal history as well.

Thurgood Marshall was a lawyer of heroic imagination, who led the team that brought school desegregation to the Supreme Court, winning an end to separate but equal. In 1967, he became the country’s first black Supreme Court justice.

But five years before that, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1962, he made […]

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PHoD Gay Jennings signs Amicus Brief for Marriage Equality

“No religion’s belief or practice should be allowed to restrict the rights of people to marry and receive equal protection under the law,” said the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church, which submitted a brief arguing that this case is about civil — not religious — definitions of marriage.

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Alabama Chief Justice defies Supreme Court, blocks unions for same-sex couples

Updated with photos from Birmingham, Alabama and to change some wording.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, previously known for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument, has ordered probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In a decision hailed as a victory for American Secularism, a recent court decision overturned the ban on same-sex marriages in Alabama, and the US Supreme Court refused to grant a stay, signifying the legality of marriages between same-sex couples in the state.

Richard Levy, […]

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Supreme Court to weigh marriage equality

One of the great civil rights questions of the day will be weighed by the Supreme Court: must all 50 states allow gay and lesbian couples to marry?

The New York Times:

Largely as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s failure to act in October, the number of states allowing same-sex marriage has since grown to 36, and more than 70 percent of Americans live in places where gay couples can marry.

The pace […]

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