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  • Kavanaugh appears likely to gain Senate approval

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Brett Kavanaugh appears likely to gain confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court after completing the gauntlet that is now the hearing process for nominees to the country's highest bench.

    The Senate is expected to hold a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh, 53, before the Supreme Court begins its term Oct. 1. President Trump nominated the appeals court judge July 9 following the retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    Kavanaugh -- a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals -- appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 4-6. He received on the last two days often tough questioning from Democrats in particular. His responses seemed not to damage his support among Senate Republicans, who hold a 51-49 advantage, and some of his supporters expressed confidence a few Democrats would join them in an affirmative confirmation vote in which only a majority is required. Read More

  • Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Abortion drew the spotlight today (Sept. 4) as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings opened for judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

    The Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, expressed concern about Kavanaugh's seeming willingness to restrict abortion rights, and more than 30 protestors were arrested in the hearing room, including some who touted abortion rights. Read More

  • Evangelical leaders embrace Kavanaugh nomination

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other evangelical Christian leaders embraced President Trump's nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday (July 9) and called for his quick confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Trump announced his selection of Kavanaugh, 53, Monday night from the White House, ending speculation on who would be chosen from a list of 25 potential nominees -- all considered conservatives -- that the administration had released in November in anticipation of the next open seat on the high court. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on its final day of the term, June 27. Read More

  • Debate begins on next high court nominee

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The retirement announcement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy quickly ushered in guessing games on whom President Trump would next nominate to the Supreme Court and how long Roe v. Wade and other rulings would survive.

    Kennedy, long the high court's swing vote on controversial decisions, told Trump in a letter Wednesday (June 27) after the final opinions of the term were announced that his retirement as an associate justice would take effect July 31. He served 30 years on the court after his nomination by President Reagan and his Senate confirmation. Read More

  • Kennedy's departure opens 2nd seat for Trump to fill

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement effective July 31, ending 30 years of service that began with his 1988 confirmation in the Ronald Reagan administration.

    Kennedy's resignation opens a second seat for President Donald Trump to fill. In 2017, Congress amended rules to allow confirmation of justices by a simple majority vote, enabling the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch.

    Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore noted the gravity of the upcoming appointment. Read More

  • SCOTUS refuses to hear former Marine's appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 07, 2017 (one year ago)

    The U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to clarify religious liberty law by refusing to hear a former Marine's appeal, Family Research Council (FRC) representative Travis Weber said. Read More

  • Gorsuch affirms independence, refuses opinion on Roe

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Neil Gorsuch defended his judicial independence and refused to express his opinion on U.S. Supreme Court decisions -- including Roe v. Wade -- during the first two days of hearings on his nomination to serve as a justice.

    In his opening statement Monday (March 20) and in responses to questions this morning (March 21), the nominee to the high court assured the Senate Judiciary Committee of his willingness to rule against President Trump, who nominated him. The hearings will continue tomorrow, with a committee vote scheduled April 3. Read More

  • Seminaries urge tax-exemption protection

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist educational leaders are among 74 signatories to a June 3 letter urging Congress to pass a bill protecting the tax-exempt status of schools in the event the U.S. Supreme Court approves same-sex marriage as a civil right. Read More

  • Court upholds inmate's religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (3 years ago)

    "Religious liberty isn't a prize earned by those with the most political clout."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously delivered a victory for the religious liberty of prison inmates Tuesday (Jan. 20).

    The justices ruled the Arkansas Department of Corrections violated the religious free exercise of a Muslim prisoner by prohibiting him from growing a beard in order to practice his beliefs. The high court found the prison system failed to abide by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), a 2000 federal law. Read More