Supreme Court en Supreme Court's Monumental Rulings: From Contraception To Cellphones <p>This week, the Supreme Court completed its term with a flurry of decisions ranging from birth-control exemptions for employers to the need for a warrant to search cell phones.</p><p>Our legal contributor, University of Pittsburgh Law Professor David Harris, explained the recent court rulings, and how they will impact our lives.</p><p>He started by discussing the Supreme Court’s <a href="">ruling to allow companies an exemption from providing birth control on religious grounds</a>. It was a decision that<a href=""> split the Court 5-4</a> and has proved to be just as decisive and controversial with the public. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:47:48 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31976 at Supreme Court's Monumental Rulings: From Contraception To Cellphones Pittsburgh Crowd Cheers Gay Marriage Decisions <p>At least 250 people gathered on a downtown Pittsburgh street closed for the occasion were cheering U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage.<br><br>City Councilman Bruce Kraus told the crowd Wednesday morning, "To my fellow gay, lesbian, transsexual and queer friends, welcome to full equality."<br><br>City police have issued a permit for Wednesday's rally on Liberty Avenue, during which a portion of the busy downtown artery was to remain closed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.<br><br>The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh organized the rally, which was called "Riot or Rejoice."<br> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:17:01 +0000 Staff and wire reports 12129 at Pittsburgh Crowd Cheers Gay Marriage Decisions Gay Rights Advocate Says PA Law Means Inequality <p>The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage says nothing about the validity of Pennsylvania's ban.<br><br>Despite the Supreme Court's decision Wednesday, gay marriage bans still stand in Pennsylvania and roughly three dozen other states. Pennsylvania's constitution, however, does not ban gay marriage.<br><br>Every other state in the northeastern United States allows same-sex marriage except New Jersey, and it allows civil unions. Pennsylvania doesn't allow civil unions, and a spokesman for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett says he supports a state constitutional ban on gay marriage.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:56:01 +0000 The Associated Press 12128 at Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in California <p>The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.<br><br>The court's 5-4 vote Wednesday leaves in place the initial trial court declaration that the ban is unconstitutional. California officials probably will rely on that ruling to allow the resumption of same-sex unions in about a month's time.<br><br>The high court itself said nothing about the validity of gay marriage bans in California and roughly three dozen other states.<br> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:55:32 +0000 The Associated Press 12122 at High Court Strikes Down Federal Marriage Provision <p>The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.</p><p>The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.</p><p>Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:27:26 +0000 The Associated Press 12121 at Same-Sex Marriage Argued Before Supreme Court <p></p><p>Two cases regarding same-sex marriage are being argued before the US Supreme Court this week. The futures of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 will be decided in June. University of Pittsburgh Law School Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs <strong>Anthony C. Infanti</strong> weighs in on the arguments.<font face="Times New Roman"> </font>And we'll talk about the potential impact on same sex partnerships in PA with <span lang="EN"><strong>Gary Van Horn</strong>, </span><span lang="EN">Board </span><span lang="EN">President of the <a href="">Delta Foundation</a>, sponsors of Pittsburgh Pride.</span> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 6745 at Same-Sex Marriage Argued Before Supreme Court Gideon v. Wainwright: 50 Years Later <p></p><p>In 1963 the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution requires the states to provide defense attorneys to criminal defendants charged with serious offenses who cannot afford their own lawyer. We'll look at the impact of this Supreme Court decision with Pitt Law Professor <strong>David Harris</strong>. Read more about this <a href="">landmark case</a>. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:33:00 +0000 Heather McClain 2093 at Gideon v. Wainwright: 50 Years Later Thurgood: The One-Man Play <p></p><p>In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Before that Marshall was known for his successful arguments before the Supreme Court as an attorney, in particular for his victory in Brown v. Board of Education. The one-man play <em>Thurgood</em>, comes to the <a href="">Pittsburgh Public Theater</a> this month. It tells his life story: from humble beginnings in Baltimore, to landmark civil rights legislation, and his rise to the highest court in the land. We’re joined by <strong><a href="">Montae Russell</a></strong>, a Pittsburgh native, playing the role of Thurgood&nbsp;Marshall.</p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:31:50 +0000 Heather McClain 2088 at Thurgood: The One-Man Play