The gay-discrimination debate in Indiana over a law that guarantees religious rights seems complicated, but the issues boil down to a few simple concepts.
About the Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.
As the Supreme Court heads toward the end of March, two big cases from last year involving the diplomatic recognition of Jerusalem and free speech on Facebook seem imminent.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision about voting districts in Alabama and Justice Clarence Thomas’s opinions about race as a voting factor.
The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that a pregnant woman who sought the same light-duty accommodations as non-pregnant workers with the same needs can keep pursuing her case in court.
A divided Supreme Court said on Wednesday that Alabama’s legislative map, drawn by a Republican-controlled legislature after the 2010 census, needs to be reconsidered.