The tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C., have created momentum for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol there.
Those on both sides of the debate agree that Glossip v. Gross transcended the specific issue of the death penalty indirectly.
The Texas Catholic Conference expressed disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Monday that temporarily blocks Texas from enforcing new requirements on abortion clinics that would force many of them to close.
The Texas law requires the clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers when performing abortions. Other provisions of the law, such as requiring abortion doctors to have hospital privileges and prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks gestation, were not affected.
A Kansas District Court judge June 25 granted a temporary injunction against Kansas' Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which was to take effect Wednesday.
The law bans the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure -- which pro-life advocates describe as "dismemberment" -- that is commonly used during the second trimester of pregnancy.
"Today's injunction leaves unborn children vulnerable to painful death by dismemberment," said Mary Spaulding Balch, National Right to Life's director of state legislation.
In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the use of midazolam in executions does not violate the ban on "cruel and unusual punishment."
An immediate practical challenge for the church following the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage is presented in “the new definition of ‘spouse’ and its legal ramifications,” said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl in a four-page letter to his priests.
Political and religious response to the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage ran the gamut from despair and anger to outright jubilation.
The act made it through its second Supreme Court test, but by no means will it end the legal and political assaults on it.
The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States on Friday in a closely divided ruling.
"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.