Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at why lawyers in Idaho want the Supreme Court to do something it has never done yet, in years of ruling on gay rights cases.
On the third day of its new term, the Supreme Court will consider worker pay for security screenings and the privacy of statements in jury deliberations.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, says that Supreme Court’s decision to pass on rulings by three federal appeals courts on same-sex marriage doesn’t necessarily mean the Court is done with the issue.
Is it a violation of the Constitution for a police officer to act on a misunderstanding of the law? That’s what the Supreme Court asked in its first case of the new term.
The Supreme Court’s decision to deny, for now, appeals in seven same-sex marriage cases means the unions will probably be legal in a majority of states, and for a majority of Americans, for at least the near future.